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LESSON PLAN – USING NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
LEVEL: high school – 2nd or 3rd year (students within 16-17 years of age).
CONTEXT: high school classroom. English class at a private school in Osvaldo Cruz, SP.
THEME: Jersey. Take a trip to a small island with lots to discover.
JUSTIFICATION: Make learning process of English more accurate and enjoyable for students using new technologies in the classroom.
OBJECTIVE: Introduce new cultural information about a region in Great Britain and new vocabulary to the students using a podcast. Promote improvement on their English skills and cultural baggage.
RESOURCES: school laboratory containing 10 computers, a sound system and a whiteboard and worksheet with the exercises described in the steps that follow.
- Discovering Jersey.
Open the following website: http://www.jersey.com/ and click on English. Read the information about the island and then answer the questions:
a. How many square kilometres is Jersey?
b. What is a Jersey Royal?
c. What are the Green Lanes?
d. What is a chiffchaff?
e. Why is it easier to see Red Squirrels in Jersey than on the UK mainland?
f. What do the puffin, razorbill, fulmar and petrel have in common?
- Listening about Jersey
Play the podcast twice and talk with the students about what they have heard. Share information in Portuguese if you like.
- Listening for details
Play the podcast again and ask the students to do the following activity. During this process, work vocabulary discussing possible new words and their meanings.
Read the following sentences carefully and put a tick (√) to show if the sentences are True or False:
a. Jersey is the smallest of a group of islands.
b. The islands have different names.
c. The islands are near France.
d. Most people on Jersey speak French.
e. Young people are interested in learning Jersey French.
f. In the past only women and children knitted.
g. There are more tourists now than in the past.
h. Tourists like the unspoilt nature of the island and its history.
i. The Battle of Flowers is a long procession of floats covered in flowers.
j. The floats can only be seen during the day.
j Jersey zoo is not interested in wildlife preservation
k The zoo has helped animals in Madagascar
l Robert’s favourite part of the island is in the south
m He likes it because of the interesting things he can see under water
- Listening and understanding.
Discuss more vocabulary if you like. Give students the following exercise. All the words were taken from the podcast.
Read the following sentences from the podcast and choose the correct word.
a. The Channel Islands are seated / situated / stationed in the Bay of St Malo.
b. There’s an attempt at reviving / renewing / relearning the Jersey French
c. They are trying to reserve / save /preserve the language.
d. Jersey had a large and thriving / raving / thieving tourist industry.
e. In Jersey you can’t insure / guarantee / warranty the sunshine.
f. What’s the main attention / appeal / attraction for tourists coming to
g. Jersey tourism has been plugging / stopping / blocking the beauty of the
h. The Battle of Flowers is a long procession / possession /demonstration of
i. Wildlife reservation / preservation / protection is the emphasis of the zoo.
j. The zoo has had some success in maintaining dangerous / threatened /
k. This little bay has only got a pebble / stony / rocky beach.
l. It has a great variety / various / range of fish and crabs.
Use your dictionary to look up any words you’re not sure of.
CLASS LENGTH: 2 classes of 50 minutes each.
podcast transcript: http://www.podcastsinenglish.com/wksheets/jersey.pdf
Quite impressive how we can find technology everywhere and with an increasing velocity. Podcast, for exemple, who would say five years ago that today we could record ourselves talking about any issue we like and upload it on the internet? That’s why I like being part of the 21st century generation.
We can find podcasts all over the internet. There are a huge number of websites and blogs that provide podcasts about any subject you wish to be downloaded, and most of the time they are all free of charge!
To learn English I reckon that podcast is one of the most enjoyable source of data to work with students! We can improve the students’ vocabulary, pronunciation and listening skills only using a podcast! In addition, getting away from the board and the book for a while is always a great idea!