31st January 2019
What happens next: Show four clips and ask students to guess what will happen next. Introduce the word ‘predict’, model, then encourage the use in sentences (I predict the man will ….).
Following the clips and slides about fortune telling, the students can interview each other:
|What are you going to do for Tet Holiday ?|
|Do you believe in fortune telling ? Why ?|
|Have you had your fortune told ? Why not ?|
|Do you have any superstitions ?|
|Do you think you are going to pass your English test ?|
|What special things are you going to do at Tet ?|
The students must ask two classmates the same question and then record the response. If needed, prompt with questions about special Tet customs.
With the video clips, what better way to start than with former President G.W. Bush: The clip I want starts at 7:14
Next one is the elephant clip at 1:54
The following should please my students as it involves some fighting).
Finally, this clip can start at 0:05
On the board I’ll write some collocations – reading palms, telling fortunes, predicting the future.
Role-playing: the students can pretend to tell their partner’s fortune. The subjects, more appropriate to this age, can be: school, future job, university, holiday, a surprise, travel, making a new friend.
Before the book work, featuring World Heritage Sites, a short video. Students must try to remember as much information as possible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tpA11u2jdQ
Real-world examples are a great way to introduce new vocabulary and phrases. In this clip, I can focus on: former / iconic / sparking interest / pass up the opportunity.
On slips of paper, I’ll write the ten sites, while on the board, I’ll write ten countries. The students, in pairs and as a race, will have to find the site associated with the country and stick it on the board. A chance to burn off some energy before the book work. If the class is too rowdy after a fun game (which can happen, a victim of its own success), I’ll do a quick Hangman game using vocabulary from a previous lesson (sonnet, conscious, reporter, lawyer, suddenly, meanwhile …)
After the bookwork, I can do some more run ‘n’ write games. I’ll write an incorrect sentence on the board and a student from each team must rewrite. First one to finish, including punctuation, wins.
I’m not expecting a lot of motivation so close to a major holiday, so we can end with a video of their choice. As long as it’s in English … teaching without teaching, and letting them leave with a smile … hopefully.