With this lesson plan, students reflect on a video about the role of science in the modern world, expand their vocabulary and hold a lively class debate.
WARM-UP & LANGUAGE INPUT
As a warm-up activity students reflect on four world issues (e.g. climate change, vaccinations) and explain what concerns people have about them. Then, they look at nine scientific research steps and decide what their correct order is and why (the first and last one are given). Students move on to a vocabulary task and focus on four questions in which five words are underlined. They have to match them with their meanings (omitted – excluded, crucial – fundamental) and then discuss the questions. Next, they analyse twelve half-sentences and try to put them in pairs to create six logical sentences related to science. After that, students decide whether they agree or disagree with them.
LISTENING COMPREHENSION & CLASS DEBATE
Having learnt some new vocabulary, students watch a video about the role of science in society. At first, they watch it for gist and try to find out who the speaker addresses and why. Then, they listen for more detailed information. They have to answer five multiple-choice questions (CAE exam format). The video activity leads to an extensive discussion about science denial and sharing views on the role of science in the modern world. The lesson finishes with a class debate. Students are given two topics. First, in small groups, they prepare arguments for and against one of them. Then, they hold a heated class debate.
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