Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/8B/Lesson 10
In this chapter about helping the poor I hope to find a way to expose my students to the plight of those less fortunate and give them the opportunity to think for themselves about the idea. I will be team-teaching with Mr. Brown and we will spend some time at the beginning reminding our students of the grading policy, and recounting his adventure last week.
- 1 Lesson Objectives
- 2 Lesson Plan
- 2.1 Before Class Starts
- 2.2 Greeting: USA What's up?
- 2.3 Opening: Mother's Day
- 2.4 Explanation: Class Grading Policy
- 2.5 Textbook: Page 42 Let's get ready A and B
- 2.6 Conversation: Poor People
- 2.7 Activity: Poor People Interview
- 2.8 Extra Time
- 3 Appendix
- The opening will draw the class's attention.
- The textbook activities will go quick and be productive.
- We will have a critical discussion about the situation of poor people and what can be done.
- The activities will be fun and get the students using English.
Before Class Starts
- If time, walk around and mingle with the students before the bell rings. (King)
Greeting: USA What's up?
- Yo! What's up? Not much, you? Not much.
Opening: Mother's Day
- What day was it last Sunday?
- Do you like Mother's Day?
- Is Mother's Day important?
- Why do we have Mother's Day?
- What did you do on Mother's Day?
- What did you do on Mother's Day Mr. Brown?
Explanation: Class Grading Policy
- First go through the A to F scale in English and explain that 50% of their grade comes from tests and the other half from in class performance.
- Put the Chinese explanation up on the screen and have the students read it out loud so they all understand.
Conversation: Poor People
- Why are some people poor?
- Should you help poor people?
- Do poor people want your help?
- What can we do to help poor people?
- Who are poor people?
- Do you know any poor people?
- Are poor people bad?
- Why are there poor people in the world?
- Do poor people make a difference in your life?
- Are there poor people in Anqing?
Activity: Poor People Interview
CN Interview = taifan
- Write interview on the board.
- Ask if they know that word?
- Write the questions on the board
- Do you like poor people?
- Do you want to help poor people?
- Bring up a student volunteer and interview one another in front of the class.
- Now please interview the people sitting next to you, in English!
- Give them a minute or three, walk around and help troubled groups.
- Afterwards ask for volunteers to come to the front of class and do the interview.
Debate: Poor People (Mr. Brown)
- Break the students up by gender or by row.
- Write "Why are people poor?" on the board.
- Tell one group them they have to each write one reason why and another why they are not.
Look: Poem by Philip
- Poem from a homeless gentleman named Philip.
- I get many ideas from Stuart Brown. (Mr. Brown).
- I would like to thank all the 7th and 8th grade classes at Anqing Foreign Language School who had this lesson for their participation and feedback. I would also like to thank the Anqing Foreign Language School for allowing me to teach there.
- Marjorie King provided some feedback on my last lessons, that was built into this lesson. (King)
Version 0.21 13 May 2010
- Added mother's day questions.
- Added grading section
- Moved the Unicef photo essay and the debates to extra time because we have not had time for them.
- Removed Let's listen 2 B, because it has not been productive and time is better spent discucssing.
- Changed poor people conversation questions.
Version 0.2 12 May 2010
- re-worded the introduction
- changed the greeting to just USA
- made some minor formatting adjustments from italicized to sub-sub-section in the lesson plan components
- only kept let's listen 2b from the textbook because it does the best job of probing how we can help poor people
- moved the poem to extra time, because it was too difficult
Version 0.1 1 May 2010
- Written at the YY Club in Shanghai
This lesson plan was written by Charles Jeffrey Danoff, drawing on ideas from others. I have not decided how to license it yet, for now feel free to re-use it for any educational purposes.