Recently, I’ve taken to turn my would-be wasted time spent on Facebook into engaging classroom material. (how smart.. 😀 ) This class is based on a lot of speaking, some creative writing and a smaller amount of grammar (rather as a reminder than a newly introduced language structure). The original content is a funny compilation by The Guardian.
Age: teenagers, adults
Level: B1 and above, exam preparation, business English
Lesson type: Speaking, Writing – Creative writing, Reading
Grammar focus: use of apostrophes (Even though I’ll give you a detailed lesson plan, it is still quite flexible as the article contains different types of mistakes so you can always adjust it to your learners’ needs.)
Length: 60-90 mins
- a good quality print-out of the chosen mistakes (you’d better number them so it will be easer to refer back to them) The original article can be found here
- sheets of paper, pen
Print and cut out the photos of your choice from the article and using blue-tack hang them on the wall around the room.
In pairs they have 1-2 minutes to discuss the following questions:
- Do they like advertisements,
- do they have a favourite one,
- have they ever seen mistakes in one and if yes, what was it?
Get their feedback.
2. Error correction:
Put your students into pairs. Tell your students that you’ve put on the wall different advertisements, posters, bill-boards from all over the UK.
3. First task:
- go around and choose two adds that they like. (3-4 minutes)
- Get their feedback, compare their chose and ask their reasons.
4. Second task:
- Tell them that each of the photos contain an error and their task is to find them. With a sheet of paper and a pen they can go around again and not down the sentences, the mistakes, and try to correct them. (10-15 minutes depending on the number of photos you’ve chosen)
- Once they are ready, two neighbouring pairs compare their answers and proposed corrections
- Board the correct sentences
5. Grammar point:
Ask your students why these sentences were incorrect? What is the common mistake occurred? Board the rules together. (It’s your choice how deep you want to go into the topic. Consider the level of your students, the time you have, your syllabus etc.) 10 mins
6. When you have all the rules related to apostrophes (make sure you cover at least those that occur in the examples) tell them to match the corrected sentences with their uses. Board the answers. 10 mins
7. Creat your own ad:
For this I use either realia or some photos but the less “advertisable” objects you find, the better it is. I’ve given my students staplers, boardpens, a hat, my half glove etc. – or you could look up some crazy items on the Internet. It is full of them 🙂
Put your students into groups of 3-4 and give them ~10-15 minutes to come up with an ad for their product. Tell them it can be anything, it can be a poster, a TV spot, a radio spot, newspaper ad etc. If you can, provide them with felt pens, paper, glue scissors, blue-tack etc. Remind them that they will have to present it so they should be ready for that too.
Having finished their projects they present them to each other. The teams give points up to 5 (except for their own project of course) and we announce the winner. (10-15 minutes – depending on class size)