Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup Lesson

This week all my classes are doing lessons on the countries that reached the final 16. They're discussing the countries, as found on these BBC profiles, in different levels of depth. They'll do a presentation next week on their country.


Things I am doing with these profiles:
primero: using the facts to ask of each other: what is the (population, area, laguage etc. ) of your country? and ´What is one historical fact?´

Secundo: I did this this thing where the class had to order the countries by population, GNI and life expectancy (which is very interesting, I think). The first class fell into a farce, as this was too complicated, so I got the second class to create a table using these measures (It turns into a lesson on reading out numbers). Wasn´t too bad, and finished with ´What coutry would you like to live in? Why?

tercero: asked each other about te facts, and then prepared for the presentation (2 sentececs about history, one about politics, one about culture of the country)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

World Cup Lesson - Put Into Practice

I actually printed up one of the world cup themed lesson plans and ran it in my tercero and quarto classes this past week with a great deal of success.

The one I used can be found HERE.

With the terceros I first had them run through football vocab and then list as many of the countries involved as they could using their English names. Once all thirty-two are accounted for, I pass out the worksheets that have the English names of the countries on them, as well as some great vocab.
I then go on to explain the idea of "winner"and "runner-up" and how the winner of Group A will play the runner-up of Group B, and so forth. This leads into using If/Then statements to describe the Knock-out round.
My classes are only forty minutes now, so that is usually a full set right there. With the quartos, I added in the ideas of using possibility vs. probability that are suggested in the lesson plan.

Since all the kids want to talk about is the games, it really does make a lot of sense to give them these sorts of exercises so that they can express themselves in English on a subject they care about.

Buena Suerte, and viva Chile!

Monday, June 21, 2010

World Cup Lesson 3: Chile-Honduras

The highlights of the Chile-Honduras game, with English commentary, and the transcript here. It was quite difficult for the students (Quarto), and I feel this could be done better.

World Cup Lesson 2: Wavin' Flag

Video of waving flag - and the video mixed with David Bisbal (which is half Spanish, half English) here.
Exercises here, which are similar to the Waka waka, but include a comprehension on K'naan, who has quite an interesting story.

World Cup Lesson 1: Waka Waka

The video for the English version is here:

The lesson is here. It includes lyrics, a google translation of the lyrics, a vocabulary matching exercise, and a more open expressive exercise (only useful for tercero, I found). The other thing I did was get the students to Write "because this is Africa" in the middle of a sheet of paper, and then words to do with Africa around it.

Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup lessons

For the next month or so it is going to be very difficult to teach anything. This guy has compiled a list of websites you can use as part of teaching English with the World Cup. It includes lesson plans, if you scroll down a bit.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Debating Worksheet

This is a great worksheet on debating.