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Level: Upper-Intermediate. These students have a broader reception and expressive vocabulary. They may become confused by local expressions and have gaps in knowledge and culture. For the most part, their conversations in English, as well as an understanding of new culture/s, have improved. Upper-Intermediate students have an increased understanding of the English grammar system and can initiate and maintain a conversation. They can also follow basic verbal instructions without help.
Age: 12-13 years
Length: 1 hour (including 10 minutes individual journal writing time outside)
TESOL Methodology: Eclectic Approach, Macrologue, Micrologues, PowerPoint Presentation, Journal writing
Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Lesson Objectives: By the end of the lesson, the students will be able to brainstorm around the theme of ‘travel’, based on their own micro-world experiences, as well as their broader macro understandings. They will be able to map these examples out using a Macrologue, and develop their interpersonal skills to discuss with fellow students to build the map. They will call on their basic computer skills using the PowerPoint software and the internet to find pictures of people travelling, and in groups, write a short sentence which describes what they see in the picture. Students will call on their speaking skills in order to present their mini-projects to their fellow students. Given their grammar skills should be improving, further analysis of their use of tenses will be examined in their homework journal entry piece.
Resources: PowerPoint Presentation of collection of travel images (images collated from http://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.compressionstockingssite.com%2Findex.php%2F2011%2F08%2F05%2Fwhy-you-should-wear-flight-socks-even-if-you-are-not-the-pilot%2F&h=0&w=0&sz=1&tbnid=1PAZE0K7QUPPGM&tbnh=183&tbnw=275&zoom=1&docid=PkxkmKzj1vUhwM&ei=0JvqUeJ1xJmSBY2YgZgJ&ved=0CAEQsCU; https://www.google.com.au/search?q=presentations+to+teach+children+about+travel&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=c5vqUbblKKeSiAe8r4GQDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=709#tbm=isch&sa=1&q=travel&oq=travel&gs_l=img.3..0l10.3986.4596.1.48188.8.131.52.0.0.0.199.535.3j2.5.0….0.0..1c.1.20.img.SZN6EU8GvYE&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=e1f3f91908b4c85f&biw=1280&bih=709&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.c75bKy5EQ0A.O&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=dgg0d3L5gsSzQM%3A%3BA0T_PlJvg0UsUM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fplanettravelstours.com%252Fimages%252Fmainimage.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fplanettravelstours.com%252F%3B1280%3B800; https://www.google.com.au/search?q=presentations+to+teach+children+about+travel&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=c5vqUbblKKeSiAe8r4GQDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=709#tbm=isch&sa=1&q=passport&oq=passport&gs_l=img.3..0l10.4132.6840.1.69184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.1552.4j5j3.12.0….0.0..1c.1.20.img.pzMGu1KprYs&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=e1f3f91908b4c85f&biw=1280&bih=709&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.c75bKy5EQ0A.O&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=lzIyagAKMhWWRM%3A%3BNfPZovmyGRQN9M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftravelhub.insureandgo.com.au%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F07%252Faustralian-passport_.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ftravelhub.insureandgo.com.au%252F2012%252F07%252Fhave-you-ever-lost-the-their-passport-travelling%252F%3B866%3B577; whiteboard; Microsoft PowerPoint (with internet access on 5x computers)&work books.
Teaching 1: Have children sit on floor at front of classroom and ask them to name as many words they can think of that remind them of travel – either from their own experience or from what they have seen on television.
Task 1: Choose one student to write the words onto the board, creating a class macrologue.
Teaching 2: Students are grouped into groups of 5 around the five computers to create mini-presentations.
Task 2: Students are to use the internet to find pictures associated with travel, including a world map.Using the words mapped in the macrologue, they are to put together a basic PowerPoint presentation on their favourite things about travelling, incorporating headings, images and sentences that describe the action, place, city or country. They are to use their speaking, discussion and interpersonal and writing skills to work together to make the presentation.
Teaching 3: In their groups, students are to lead their own mini-presentations.
Task 3: Students are to present their PowerPoint presentations to the group. Given at their level, their expressive skills should mean they can describe a place using adjectives, the students are to as a group describe one place of their choice, and the image they have found that assists with their description.
Follow-up: Teacher to come back to the class macrologue and the initial presentation. Invite the students to reflect on the word travel and what they have learnt so far in the lesson, especially from other student’s presentation. Allow a good 5 minutes discussion here as a group.
Homework: Take home journal activity. Students are to use the macrologue words that they have written down in their journals, to create a micrologue – a short story based on current, past or future events. The students are to imagine they are a fictional character exploring the world using one of these three tenses and produce a short story to discuss in class next.