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surveillance lesson plan

LESSON OVERVIEW

This surveillance lesson plan looks into the topic of employee monitoring software and questions the use of this technology raises. Students will do some word formation tasks, learn new vocabulary and have plenty of opportunities to discuss.

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
75 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.

PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES

The pre-class worksheet starts with a short text about the term surveillance. However, if you do this flipped lesson plan as a standard lesson plan, the e-lesson plan starts with a quote by Mark Zuckerberg: “Privacy is a social norm of the past”.

First, students have to read the text and think which parts of speech are missing in each gap. Next, they read it again and complete it with the correct forms of the words in brackets. Moreover, there is also other task on synonyms. In the same text, students need to find synonyms of the words given. In this whole pre-class section, students will learn the following words and phrases: illicit, illegal, to track, to monitor security, safety, protection, to reveal, to disclose, permission, agreement, consent, to keep an eye on, to spy. To practise the vocabulary, students choose 3 new words from this part of the worksheet and write sentences with them.

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

The in-class worksheet starts with speaking. Students have to comment and rank the different types of surveillance. They have to say whether these surveillance kinds are acceptable or too intrusive. Next, they move to one vocabulary task. They have to match words from the box to their meanings. Before watching a video, students discuss three lead-in questions. Then, they watch the video and try to explain the idea behind employee monitoring software. After that, they watch the video again and answer some comprehension questions. This surveillance lesson plan finishes with a short discussion as well as a debate about using employee monitoring software. Students prepare arguments against and in favour of the statement given and think about it both from the employer’s and the employee’s perspective.

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  1. It didn’t take 75 minutes, we completed it in half this time

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    1. Have you used it as a flipped lesson plan? That is have you only done the in-class part in 30-40 mins or the whole thing?

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  2. I cant view the video through this link – apparently its unavailable in Canada! Is there another link please?

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    1. How about this one? https://youtu.be/wMp0CjNBKcU

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  3. Hey guys! Great topic and great lesson plan. I’m trying it out today. Linked to this same topic … How about a lesson plan on Recruitment processes employees/candidates privacy. Are companies / recruiter allowed to check out your Facebook, Instagram profiles? Should you be judged by that and maybe not hired? Most of my students love talking about this and it’s quite controversial, it could open debates in class. Just an idea 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It’s a great idea that we’ll definitely use 🙂 We created a lesson plan about recruitment some time ago but it’s more about how relevant resumes are in the process (https://eslbrains.com/why-the-best-hire-might-not-have-the-perfect-resume/).

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    2. Hi Christiane! See our new lesson plan https://eslbrains.com/unconscious-bias-in-recruitment/
      It’s not exactly about privacy, but it might be of your interest 🙂

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  4. Really good lesson. As opposed to what was said above, it took over two hours to go through as it promoted some interesting debate with my students. As always, keep up the good work 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Ben! Nice to hear that your students were so actively engaged in the topic 🙂

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  5. Great material! Would love to see more C2 lesson plans 🙂

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    1. Thanks! We’re working on them now, so expect to see more soon 🙂

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  6. I’d like to thank you, guys for the work you do! It`s amazing, it inspires and helps in my classes a lot! Can’t put in words how grateful I am!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate that 🤗

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