This flipped lesson plan deals with a never ending debate about e-books and printed books. It is prepared for B1 students and consists of various grammar as well as vocabulary exercises focused on making comparisons. The video it’s based on is a short animation showing advantages and disadvantages of both formats.
Because the video for this lesson is short (4mins), you can use this lesson plan for a flipped classroom approach but it can also be used in full during the class just as any lesson plan.
PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES: GRAMMAR – MAKING COMPARISONS
Pre-class activities basically focus on grammar. To be more precise, they involve making comparisons with the use of various structures and modifiers. First, students need to study a table with different grammatical issues: as + adjective + as, modifiers such as nearly, far, much, almost, slightly, etc. Then, they move to a task in which they have to choose true answers for each situations given. In the second task, they have to compare pairs of things using adjectives in brackets and newly-learnt structures.
As I wrote before, this whole pre-class worksheet can be used as a part of a standard lesson.
IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES: VOCAB, VIDEO and DISCUSSION
The in-class worksheet starts with a short warm-up task verifying whether students have done their homework and understand structures they’ve learned for making comparisons. The task includes images showing two contrasting objects such as a paper map and a digital map, cash and credit cards, and a pen and a keyboard. Your students need to orally compare and contrast those objects.
Next, they have a vocabulary exercise which contains verbs that will appear in the video. They have to match them with their meanings and then, in the following task, add one word to each verb that often goes with them. This way not only do they learn new verbs that will be used in the video but also learn the context in which they are used.
When watching the video for the first time, students have to note 2 advantages of paper books and 2 advantages of e-books. Later on, they watch the video again and have to decide whether given sentences are true or false.
The last section is focused solely on speaking. Your students first express their opinion and preference on the topic of the lesson, i.e. printed books vs e-books. Finally, they move to an open discussion related to books. Note that some of the questions include the phrases learnt in the lesson to reinforce new vocabulary.
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