Decisions, Decisions: More Collaborative Speaking Tasks

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This is another set of collaborative speaking tasks designed with teenagers in mind. Simply download the powerpoint below, put students into groups of 3-4 and have them discuss the different hypothetical decisions.

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Collaborative Speaking: Planning the School Trip

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This is a collaborative speaking task for B1+ students in which they decide how they would spend €2500 on a trip to London for their class. Download the powerpoint below.

Collaborate and Negotiate

Put students in groups of 3-4, project the powerpoint. Explain the situation to them: They have to decide how they are going to spend €2500 they have for a class trip to London. The money has to cover their transport, accommodation and activities. They need to reach a decision about how to spend the money and give reasons for their answer. Will they travel by bus? Which takes longer but costs a lot less. Will they stay in a 5* hotel? Or will they slum it in a 1* hostel and save the money for the VIP activity package? Give students a few minutes to make each decision and then present their choice and reasons to the group.

Follow up

Students write an FCE style review or report on the their trip to London.

 

Discussion: What’s the solution?

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This is a lesson plan made up of a powerpoint with different problems that need solutions to use as a jumping off point for a discussion, as a ten minute filler or a debate topic. Download the powerpoint below:

What’s the solution

CAE Phrasal Verb Worksheet #2

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This is another worksheet for CAE students to learn 12 phrasal verbs and us them in a discussion. Download the worksheet and key below, you can also use the quizlet set I have made that also contains the phrasal verbs from the first worksheet.

CAE Phrasal Verbs 2 key – Key

CAE phrasal verbs 2 – Worksheet

https://quizlet.com/123807629/cae-essential-phrasal-verbs-flash-cards/ – quizlet set

Worksheet

Definition Match

Match the phrasal verbs in bold with their definitions.

  1. The dinosaurs are thought to have died out millions of years ago.
  2. If someone doesn’t deal with the problem soon, it’s going to get much worse.
  3. I dropped off in the middle of the film and missed the end.
  4. He started a law degree but dropped out after 1 term because it was too hard.
  5. He fell asleep on the train and ended up in Glasgow!
  6. When she’s nervous she fiddles with her hair a lot.
  7. Being the only foreign girl in the school, at first it was difficult for her to fit in.
  8. Do you want to go for a coffee after class?
  9. Hhhmmm, I think I’ll go for the steak tartar please.
  10. The fire alarm went off and everybody had to evacuate.
  11. Are you sure it’s this way? Let’s just head for the city centre and hopefully we’ll find someone who speaks English.
  12. My brother walks so fast, it’s difficult to keep up with This course is really hard; I’m struggling to keep up with all the homework.
a.       Feel accepted + comfortable

b.      Choose

c.       Withdraw from/stop doing something

d.      Become extinct

e.      Go towards

f.        Finally be somewhere/do something

g.       Take action to solve/talk or work with

h.      Touch/move with no purpose

i.         Go somewhere to have something (break/drink etc.)

j.        Make a noise/start working

k.       Maintain the same speed as something/someone.

l.         Fall asleep without wanting to.

Collocation match

Some of the phrasal verbs above collocate with the words below. Put them together:

A bomb

An alarm clock _________

__________ a break/a cigarette/ a meal ____________ a competition/ a race/ school/ university
___________ jewellery/ a pen/ keys __________ a complaint/ people  

Question Completion

Complete the questions with the phrasal verbs:

  1. Have you ever _________ __________ in the cinema? Or in an embarrassing situation?
  2. What foods do you normally _______ ________ when you eat out?
  3. If you could bring one animal that has ________ ________ back to life as a pet, which would you choose and why?
  4. How often do you _______ _______ a break when you’re studying?
  5. Have you ever had to _______ ________ of a competition or course? If so why?
  6. Do you normally ______ _______ a problem straight away or put off for later?
  7. Have you ever got lost and _______ ______ in the wrong place?
  8. What’s the first thing you do after your alarm ________ _________ in the morning? Has the fire alarm ever _______ _________ at your school/workplace? Was it a false alarm?
  9. If you get lost in strange place, what’s the best place to __________ ___________?
  10. How important is it for you to ______ ________ in a new situation? Have you ever felt like you didn’t ______ _______? What did you do?
  11. What do you ________ _________ when you’re nervous?
  12. Do you find it hard to ________ _________  _________ the work you have to do? Do any of your friends speak so fast that it’s difficult to ________ _________?

Key

Definition match

  1. d
  2. g
  3. l
  4. c
  5. f
  6. h
  7. a
  8. i
  9. b
  10. j
  11. e
  12. k

Collocations

Some of the phrasal verbs above collocate with the words below. Put them together:

A bomb

An alarm clock goes off

Go for a break/a cigarette/ a meal Drop out of a competition/ a race/ school/ university
Fiddle with jewellery/ a pen/ keys Deal with a complaint/ people  

 

Question Completion

Complete the questions with the phrasal verbs:

  1. Have you ever dropped off in the cinema? Or in an embarrassing situation?
  2. What foods do you normally go for when you eat out?
  3. If you could bring one animal that has died out back to life as a pet, which would you choose and why?
  4. How often do you go for a break when you’re studying?
  5. Have you ever had to drop out of a competition or course? If so why?
  6. Do you normally deal with a problem straight away or put off for later?
  7. Have you ever got lost and ended up in the wrong place?
  8. What’s the first thing you do after your alarm goes off in the morning? Has the fire alarm ever gone off at your school/workplace? Was it a false alarm?
  9. If you get lost in strange place, what’s the best place to head for?
  10. How important is it for you to fit in in a new situation? Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in? What did you do?
  11. What do you fiddle with when you’re nervous?
  12. Do you find it hard to keep up with the work you have to do? Do any of your friends speak so fast that it’s difficult to keep up?

Get Organised! Collaborative Speaking Tasks

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This is a speaking lesson plan designed for teenagers that focuses on various exponents of suggesting, offering, agreeing and disagreeing. The main aim of the lesson is for students to improve their collaborative speaking skills, it will work well as preparation for FCE/CAE speaking exams. You will need the powerpoint and teacher’s notes below:

Get Organised!! – Powerpoint

Get organised Teachers notes

Teacher’s notes

The class is loosely based on Willis’s Task Based Learning in that students are given the opportunity to repeatedly practice a similar task and hopefully internalise some useful exponents for collaborative speaking.

Put students into groups of 3, it would also work with pairs but 3s are ideal. The idea is that groups perform the tasks separately and afterwards compare their decisions in a mini-presentation.

Show the 2nd slide of the power point. Clear up any doubts about the different exponents on the left.Then have students perform the task in their groups, encourage them to use a range of expressions and to be imaginative. Monitor and board any vocabulary they need, or any issues they have with the form or pronunciation of the exponents. Groups then feed back in open class.

Note: This is a good opportunity to teach the difference between “will” for decisions in the moment of speaking and “be going to” for a future intention. Students will discuss the different options using will:

“We’ll have the party on Friday so we can stay up late.”

“Yeah, that’s a good idea.”

Then when the time comes to present their decisions to class they will change to “be going to.”

“We’re going to have the party on Friday so we can stay up late.”

Then students go back to their groups and repeat with the next task but trying to bear any corrections you boarded during the first task in mind. Again groups feed back in open class and compare and contrast their ideas.

For the remainder of the tasks on the powerpoint the exponents are hidden initially but can be shown with a click of the mouse or the right arrow key. They idea is that you gradually phase out having the exponents on the board in the hope that they continue to use them from memory.

Follow up

Students could write an FCE/CAE style report on one of the events they have organised. It could either be a report after the fact stating the strengths and weaknesses of the event or a proposal for a future event putting forward different ideas and making recommendations.

Peer Teaching: Compound Personality Adjectives

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This is a lesson plan for B2+ students in which they teach each other some compound adjectives to describe personality and use them in a discussion. You will need the students’ hand-out, teacher’s notes and link to the quizlet set below:

Compound Personality Adjectives teacher notes

Compound Personality Adjectives sts handout

https://quizlet.com/120973139/compound-personality-adjectives-flash-cards/

Teacher’s Notes

Lead in

You can use the quizlet set to introduce the concept of compound adjectives. Pick out a few students and ask them the following questions, ask them the question with the compound adjective first and elicit the meaning.

Are you blonde-haired? Are you a person with blonde hair?

Are you blue-eyed? Are you a person with blue eyes?

Are you hard-working? Are you a person who works hard?

Are you a 16-year-old girl? Are you a girl who’s 16 years old?

Are you self-centred? Are you a person who only cares about themselves?

Peer Teaching

Now tell students they are going to teach each other some more compound adjectives. Give out the hand-out, put students in pairs and assign them A or B. A’s are not allowed to look at B’s questions. A should first ask B the first question on the list, they must start with the question with a compound adjective, then ask the question with the definition. For example:

A: Are you tight-fisted?

B: Am I what????

A: Are you a person who doesn’t like to spend or give money?

B: No. I’m very generous.

A: So you’re not tight-fisted then.

Students take it in turns to ask a question and teach the compound adjective. When they have finished they should test their partner to see what they remember.

Test a few students in open class to see how well they’ve been taught.

Student A

Read the questions and answer them yes, no or sometimes (Y/N/S)

  1. Are you tight-fisted? Are you a person who doesn’t like to spend or give money?
  2. Are you thin-skinned? Are you a person who is sensitive to criticism or insults?
  3. Are you easy-going? Are you a relaxed and tolerant person?
  4. Are you quick-witted? Are you a person who thinks and responds quickly?
  5. Are you big-headed? Are you a person who thinks they are better than other people?
  6. Are you self-assured? Are you confident in your own abilities and character? Are you a person who doesn’t worry about what other people think of you?

Now ask them to your partner and see what you have in common.

Student B

Read the questions and answer them yes, no or sometimes (Y/N/S)

  1. Are you thick-skinned? Are you a person who isn’t affected by criticism or insults?
  2. Are you laid-back? Are you a person who is relaxed and casual about everything?
  3. Are you absent-minded? Do you often lose or forget things?
  4. Are you bad-tempered? Do you tend to get angry often?
  5. Are you level-headed? Are you a responsible person who doesn’t get anxious in stressful situations?
  6. Are you self-conscious? Are you nervous or embarrassed about what other people think of you?

Now ask them to your partner and see what you have in common.

Matching Exercises

Students complete the matching exercises in pairs.

Definition match Positive/negative Picture match Sentence match
1.       C

2.       G

3.       I (i)

4.       H

5.       D

6.       J

7.       K

8.       L

9.       B

10.    E

11.    F

12.    A

Positive:

Level-headed

Thick-skinned

Quick-witted

Easy-going

Self-assured

Negative:

Self-conscious

Bad-tempered

Thin-skinned

Absent-minded

Big-headed

Laid-back (could be both)

Tight-fisted

a.        Tight-fisted

b.       Thin-skinned

c.        Absent-minded

d.       Self-conscious

e.       Laid-back

f.         Bad-tempered

g.        Big-headed

h.       Self-assured

1.       Self-conscious

2.       Bad-tempered

3.       Level-headed

4.       Thin-skinned

5.       Absent-minded

6.       Thick-skinned

7.       Big-headed

8.       Laid-back

9.       Quick-witted

10.    Tight-fisted

11.    Easy-going

12.    Self-assured

Discussion

Students complete the discussion in pairs giving reasons for their answers: “A good teacher should be easy-going so that the students don’t have to do so much homework” encourage them to agree and disagree using the language in the boxes.

Which compound adjectives would you use to describe the people listed below? Discuss in pairs.

A good friend

A bad friend

A good teacher

A bad teacher

A good boss

A bad boss

Good parents

Bad parents

A policeman

A footballer

 

Agree Disagree Ask for opinion Express opinion
Absolutely.

I couldn’t agree more.

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Uh-huh.

Yep, I’m with you on that.

Totally.

You’re absolutely right.

You can say that again!

Hhhmm, I’m not so sure.

I take your point but…

I see what you mean but…

I agree with you up to a point but…

You must be joking.

Are you kidding?

 

What do you think about ….?

Where do you stand on…?

What do you reckon to…?

For me personally,

As far as I’m concerned,

In my opinion,

I reckon that…

I’d say that…

Students’ Hand-out

Student A

Read the questions and answer them yes, no or sometimes (Y/N/S)

  1. Are you tight-fisted? Are you a person who doesn’t like to spend or give money?
  2. Are you thin-skinned? Are you a person who is sensitive to criticism or insults?
  3. Are you easy-going? Are you a relaxed and tolerant person?
  4. Are you quick-witted? Are you a person who thinks and responds quickly?
  5. Are you big-headed? Are you a person who thinks they are better than other people?
  6. Are you self-assured? Are you confident in your own abilities and character? Are you a person who doesn’t worry about what other people think of you?

Now ask them to your partner and see what you have in common.

Student B

Read the questions and answer them yes, no or sometimes (Y/N/S)

  1. Are you thick-skinned? Are you a person who isn’t affected by criticism or insults?
  2. Are you laid-back? Are you a person who is relaxed and casual about everything?
  3. Are you absent-minded? Do you often lose or forget things?
  4. Are you bad-tempered? Do you tend to get angry often?
  5. Are you level-headed? Are you a responsible person who doesn’t get anxious in stressful situations?
  6. Are you self-conscious? Are you nervous or embarrassed about what other people think of you?

Now ask them to your partner and see what you have in common.

Definition Match

Match the compound adjective (1-12) with the definition (a-l)

1.       Tight-fisted

2.       Thin-skinned

3.       Easy-going

4.       Quick-witted

5.       Big-headed

6.       Self-assured

7.       Thick-skinned

8.       Laid-back

9.       Absent-minded

10.    Bad-tempered

11.    Level-headed

12.    Self-conscious

a.        Someone who worries what other people think of them.

b.       Someone who always forgets or loses things.

c.        Someone who hates spending/giving money.

d.       An arrogant person.

e.       Someone who frequently gets angry.

f.         A responsible person who stays calm in stressful situations.

g.        Someone who is sensitive to insults/criticism.

h.       Someone who thinks and responds quickly.

i.         A relaxed, tolerant person.

j.         Someone who is confident in their abilities.

k.        Someone who isn’t affected by criticism.

l.         Someone who is relaxed and casual about everything.

Which ones are positive and which are negative?

Positive Negative
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which compound adjective does each photo represent?

a  b c d
 e f g h

Put the 12 compound adjectives from the other page in the sentences.

  1. I felt really _______________ on the first day of school. I didn’t know if the other kids would like me.
  2. My Maths teacher is so __________________, he gets so angry about the smallest things.
  3. When negotiating it’s really important to be ____________________ if you get stressed you can ruin the deal.
  4. My best friend is so ____________________, sometimes I make fun of her just for a laugh and she runs off crying.
  5. You’re so __________________ Mani, you left your bag and all your books on the bus.
  6. In politics you have to be ____________________ you can’t let all the insults or criticism affect you.
  7. Lots of Hollywood stars are so ____________________ they make one good movie and they suddenly think they’re better than everyone.
  8. Sometimes Arnau can be too _____________________, he has 3 exams tomorrow and he hasn’t even started studying yet.
  9. To be a comedian you have to be really ____________________, it’s hard to think of good jokes quickly.
  10. My parents are so ___________________they never give me any pocket money!
  11. Our new teacher is really __________________ he lets us eat sweets in class.
  12. In a job interview it’s important to act __________________, otherwise they won’t give you the job.

Discussion

Which compound adjectives would you use to describe the people listed below? Discuss in pairs.

A good friend

A bad friend

A good teacher

A bad teacher

A good boss

A bad boss

Good parents

Bad parents

A policeman

A footballer

 

Agree Disagree Ask for opinion Express opinion
Absolutely.

I couldn’t agree more.

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Uh-huh.

Yep, I’m with you on that.

Totally.

You’re absolutely right.

You can say that again!

Hhhmm, I’m not so sure.

I take your point but…

I see what you mean but…

I agree with you up to a point but…

You must be joking.

Are you kidding?

 

What do you think about ….?

Where do you stand on…?

What do you reckon to…?

For me personally,

As far as I’m concerned,

In my opinion,

I reckon that…

I’d say that…