Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/8B/Lesson 10

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Grade 8
Chapter 10: Helping the poor
Anqing Foreign Language School
Lesson 10
Version 0.21

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.

Lesson Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Lesson Plan[edit | edit source]

Before Class Starts[edit | edit source]

  • If time, walk around and mingle with the students before the bell rings. (King)

Greeting: USA What's up?[edit | edit source]

  • Yo! What's up? Not much, you? Not much.

Opening: Mother's Day[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Textbook: Page 42 Let's get ready A and B[edit | edit source]

Conversation: Poor People[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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?
    • Why?
  • 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.


Extra Time[edit | edit source]

Look: Unicef Photo Essay on Sterling[edit | edit source]

Debate: Poor People (Mr. Brown)[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Acknowledgments[edit | edit source]

  • 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)

Changelog[edit | edit source]

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

Copyright[edit | edit source]

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.