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:
HI – ADV
/f/ vs /v/
SECTION A – Lesson Introduction & Vocabulary
Duration: 20 minutes
Goals: Generate and personalize context; set up vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar points
(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
|run for office
A majority/minority government
win by a landslide
|right / left wing
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