This worksheet for advanced English students deals with pyramid schemes. Throughout the lesson, students will learn a lot of vocabulary and express their opinions on ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes.
C2 / Proficiency45 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan
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The pre‐class worksheet consists of four activities on vocabulary. First, students learn a few synonyms by replacing them in the provided sentences. Next, they work on six phrasal verbs and need to choose correct prepositions that go with them. The task includes the following phrasal verbs: bring in, pay in, buy in, lose out, capitalise on, take on. After acquiring new vocabulary, students move to two exercise and practise all the synonyms and phrasal verbs. Now, they read a few sentences. In each case, they have to say which two sentences use the word correctly and which sentence is incorrect. E.g. in what cases we can use the word solicit and in which approach. The last task in this part is based on the phrasal verbs. Students just complete the gapped sentences with correct phrasal verbs.
The in‐class part starts with a short discussion. Students read a definition of a pyramid scheme and discuss questions concerning the term. Next, they move to two listening comprehension tasks. First, they watch the first minute of a video and say what a few numbers refer to. After that, they watch the rest of the video and do a multiple choice task.
Finally, this lesson plan for advanced English students ends with 12 questions to discuss. You can organise students into small groups and allocate four to six questions to each group. You can also invite students to choose six questions to discuss in groups or pairs. At the end of the discussion, ask one student from each group or pair to share one piece of interesting information from their discussion with the rest of the class. The questions include the phrasal verbs and synonyms that students learnt in the pre‐class worksheet.
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