Thursday, 26 May 2011

The End of the World

It's been a while since I've posted anything but a mixture of great weather, end of year rush and two weddings have kept me away from the computer.

So here's a conversation loosely based around the recent story in the news about the end of the world.  The lesson focuses mainly on fluency, talking about hypothetical situations, regrets and wishes and a roleplay.

Lesson focus: Conversation
Level: Advanced
Time: 1-1.5 hour

Hand out worksheet 1 and ask the students if they know who Harold Camping is (an American preacher who predicted the end of the world on the 21st May at 6pm).    Get the students to read through the text and ask them to discuss the words in bold.  Follow up by pairing the students up and getting them to answer the questions at the bottom of the page, monitor the discussions to make sure they understand the questions.

Wishing Game
Hand out worksheet 2 along with a dice and counters to each group of two or three.  The students have to roll the dice and move round the board expressing regrets based on the topics they land on using the form "I wish I had..."

This roleplay is based on a popular pub conversation I regularly had with a good friend of mine.  Put the students into groups of  4 and hand out worksheet 3.  Set the scene for the students explaining that it is 2020 and the Human Race faces annihilation.  They are the most important leaders in the world and must try to save Mankind by creating a special team of people whose job it is to re-colonise the world after the meteor has hit.  They must choose 10 people based on their skills, occupations, characteristics to be included in the team. Get the students to justify their answers.

Finish off with a group discussion if you have a small class, or split the class into small groups if you have a large class and monitor.  Hand out the discussion questions and get the students to have a conversation about the questions they find most interesting.  Get the students to answer as fully as possible and to comment on each other's views.  Listen for common mistakes and do a correction slot to finish off.

So there you are, I hope you enjoy.

Worksheet 1
Worksheet 2
Worksheet 3
Worksheet 4

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