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A customised integrated lesson, Pt A

Creating your own material can be a lot of work, but what can result from it is a customised lesson to a context you and your students both enjoy, one that can cover the target language you want to cover and a reusable resource for future classes.  Over the next several posts, we’ll demonstrate this with original material we’ve created based on the Canadian political situation.  Each section includes activities that may be used separately during individual classes.  The entire lesson as a whole covers:

LEVEL
HI – ADV
GRAMMAR
Reduction of
Relative Clauses
PRONUNCIATION
/f/ vs /v/
VOCABULARY
Election-related
READING
Analogy
WRITING
Bulleted lists

SECTION A – Lesson Introduction & Vocabulary
Duration:
20 minutes
Goals:
Generate and personalize context; set up vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar points

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(T – Ss) Put the following photo of the party leaders in Canada on the board.  Ask Ss if they know any of these people.  If none respond, ask what kind of jobs they might do.

Open up a discussion about the governments of the students’ countries of origin.  Ask if Ss know the names of the leaders of each others’ countries.  Ask if there’s any interesting news about elections or leaders, etc.  Relate what they say to a Canadian context as much as you can.  Also, recast Ss incorrect pronunciation of /f/ and /v/, but don’t emphasize.

Take information that Ss say about their countries and use relative clauses (in full form) as a lesson tool if possible for later use.  Also, as they talk about their home countries, elicit election-related vocabulary  like the following and put it on the board:

cast a vote
voter turnout
views
political party
run for office
A majority/minority government
win by a landslide
right / left wing
parliament
ballots
campaign

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Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

[…] introducing the theme of politics and election-related vocabulary from part A, let’s set up two lessons (1. critical reading using analogy; 2. reduced relative clauses) […]

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