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Humanising Language Teaching
Year 1; Issue 6; October 1999

Lesson outlines

* Lesson 1 * Lesson 2


LESSON 1 - Sentence Scramble

by Christine Frank, author of Challenge to Think, OUP

Level: Intermediate
Time: 30-40 minutes
Purpose:

Multi-purpose (Grammar & vocabulary)

Preparation:

None

Lesson outline:

  1. Tell the students to think about last weekend and to make one sentence, which they write down. The sentence should be about 10-12 words. You should go around helping and correcting.

  2. Put the students into groups of three.

  3. In their groups of three they should appoint one 'secretary'. The other two students shold take sheets of paper and tear them into about 40 slips.

  4. The 'secretary' has to put the three sentences down one word per slip. He or she has to write clearly remembering to put the capital letter at the beginning of each sentence and the full stop at the end.

  5. The slips with the sentences are muddled up together and passed on to the next group of three.

  6. When the group has finished sorting out the words into three sentences they can note the sentences down and can muddle up the words and pass them on to another group. The idea is to get as many sentences as possible.


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LESSON 2 - From Word To Word

by Christine Frank, author of Challenge to Think, OUP

Level: Any level according to the vocabulary that you use
Time: 30 minutes
Purpose:

To recycle known vocabulary.

Preparation:

One copy of the frame below for each group of students.

Lesson outline:

  1. If you are working with vocabulary frames for the first time you will have to show your students how they work by doing a couple of examples on the board. You should demonstrate to the students a whole range of possibilities and let them see there is no correct answer.

    Examples and possible answers:

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  2. Tell the students to think of the word 'punishment' (or any other concept you want to revise).

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  3. They have to list individually all the word associations that come into mind.

  4. Put the students into groups of two or three and give each group a copy of the frame below.

  5. They fill in the frame sharing their ideas.

  6. Put two groups together and let them compare and comment on the results.

  7. With a small class you can have a general discussion with each group justifying their choice of words.


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