Time: 60-75 minutes??
Level: Intermediate upwards
To give intensive listening practice - 3
To give freer speaking practice - stages
1, 2 & 5
That the stds will be interested in the euro.
That the language in the text will not be too difficult.
Anticipated Problems and Solutions:
Some of the vocabulary may be challenging >> pre-teach
essential items when setting up the prediction task in stage
The mutual dictation might be a new activity to them >>
clear instructions & an example with another std.
text & the 2 versions for the mutual dictation
Stage 1.Intro to the
Euro - a questionnaire
10-15 mins tch<>stds,
1. Elicit what 'facts' the group
know about the Euro.
2. Instructions for the questionnaire.
3. Handout questionnaire - stds do this in pairs or small
4. Feedback - pick up on interesting points & extend the
discussion. Ask, in preparation for the next stage, if they
have heard of anything amusing happen with the start of the
Stage 2. Predict the content
5-10 mins tch<>stds, std<>std,
1. Put the following words on the board & check all understand
(a large department store)
2. Prediction - in groups of 3 stds discuss
what the article could be about.
3. Feedback - elicit stories from each group.
Stage 3. Mutual dictation
20 mins tch<>stds,
1. Explain the task - that the stds dictate
the bits of the text that they have to their partner who writes
it down & then change roles etc. until they both have
the complete text.
2. Handout blanked texts.
3. do an example so all can see what to do.
4. Pairwork - dictate - go round & help if necessary.
5. When stds finished they look at each other's texts to check
Stage 4. Checking understanding
5-10 mins tch<>stds,
1. Elicit which of the prediction stories was closest to real
story. Elicit anything else that happened in the story.
2. A response to the text - do they think the boy got away
with it? (There is no answer to this in the text) Should he?
What do you think?
Stage 5. Speaking practice
10-15 mins tch<>stds, std<>std,
1. Set up a roleplay explain - between Richard & the shopkeeper
who has become suspicious.
2. Assign roles - time to think about what they are going
3. Roleplay - go round & take notes on +/- things said.
4. Content feedback - what was the outcome of the conversation?
5. Linguistic feedback - put up examples of mistakes that
the group could correct & some good utterances - stds
decide which need correcting & do so & then get a
pat on the back for the good ones.
Alternatively, you could set up an interview
roleplay with the boy, Richard Shields. Maybe add in a representative
from Debenhams who thinks Richard should be charged with stealing,
his father who defends Richard.....
Many people say that prices have gone up
under cover of the introduction of the euro - you could have
a discussion about this, if in Europe, - true or not with
examples - & then onto a roleplay between customer &
shopkeeper. The customer complains that the shopkeeper has
short-changed him & that the prices are too high.......
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