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Routes through the material

Short of time: give some of the exercises for homework, e.g. Exercises 6, 7 and 8.

>- Plenty of time: do the Options.

»• 2 classes for this lesson: break after Exercise 4.

Before you start

Exercise 1

■ Read through the questions with the class. Give students time to look at the photos and think about their answers to the questions. Tell students to use the English they already know rather than asking for new words at this stage.

■ In pairs or small groups, students discuss their answers to the questions about the photos.

я The groups then feed back to the class. If necessary, teach any new vocabulary.

■ Students can see if they agree about which activity they would find the most difficult to learn.

■ Encourage students who have done some of the activities in the photos to tell the class about their experiences.

Exercise 2

■ Read through the list of things with the class. Ask students whether they have used each thing to help them learn English and, if not, whether they would like to try any of them.

■ Encourage students to discuss any advantages or disadvantages of the things in the list and to add more things to the list if they can, e.g. listening to songs, writing to and having an exchange visit with a penfriend, reading magazines.

Reading

Exercise 3

■ Read aloud the instructions and questions and check that students understand what to do. Students work in groups of three, each student reading a different text and answering the questions (if there is a group of four students, ask two weaker students to read the same text). Reassure students that they do not need to understand every word in their text at this stage to answer the three questions.

Exercise 4

■ Read aloud the instructions. Point out that students should ask questions about each article after the speaker

Skills Focus

has finished telling the group about it. Monitor but do not interrupt students' fluency. Make a note of any general language problems as well as any particularly good questions students ask and go over these with the whole class afterwards. ■ Each group tells the class what they thought were the most interesting pieces of information.

Answers Text A

1 Ifs about three schools in Richmond where students use mobile phones to help them learn. 2 People can get access to learning materials and learn foreign languages. 3 mobile phones, the Internet Text В

1 Ifs about online classes. 2 building sandcastles, dancing, flying, making paper aeroplanes, making a kayak, becoming a balloon scientist 3 the Internet Text С

1 Ifs about method-acting (actors live the part they are going to play). 2 a musical instrument, martial arts, sword fighting, boxing, training horses, moving in zero gravity 3 classes

Exercise 5

■ Read through the Strategies with the class. Check that students appreciate the difference between 'facf and 'opinion' by asking them to translate the 'opinion' verbs and expressions into their own language.

Exercise 6

■ Give students time to read the texts and to find one fact and one opinion in each text.

■ Students can work in small groups, comparing their answers and referring back to the texts to find the facts and opinions.

Option

■ Go through one (or if time, go through all) of the texts with the class, asking students to read aloud first the facts and then the opinions.

■ While students are working closely with the texts, check that they understand the meaning of any new words and that they can say the web addresses correctly, using words and phases such as dot ( . ), alt one word (bestpaperairplanes), forward slash ( / ).

Exercise 7

■ Read through the questions with the class. Students work individually or in pairs, referring to the texts to answer questions 1 and 3 and making notes for their answer to question 2.

■ When checking students' answers to questions 1 and 3, encourage them to quote from the texts.

■ When checking answers to question 2, you may wish to note students' pros and cons in two columns on the board and demonstrate how to set out the main points in this sort of argument. Encourage students to think of as many pros and cons as they can and then say which ways they would prefer to learn.

Answers

1 a) they could be a major classroom aid, students have been very motivated b) a great place to learn new skills but there are some strange choices c) performances are more convincing

2 Students' own answers

3 Students may choose some of the following: (text B) 'brillianf sandcastles or 'fantastic' paper aeroplanes, the claim to learn how to fly a plane for $49.99; (text C) the description of the party at the end of the text.








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