With this lesson plan students learn some useful language for describing their experience with websites and apps, including synonyms for common adjectives, and watch a video about dark UX design.
LEAD‐IN & VOCABULARY
In the first part of the lesson students are familiarised with the term UX (short for ‘user experience’). They read a definition and brainstorm examples of good and bad UX. Then, they focus on synonyms for common adjectives which can be used for describing experiences with websites and apps. First, students match adjectives with their synonyms from another column (e.g. overwhelming – frustrating) and then they put these adjectives into practice while describing good and bad experiences with different aspects of a website or an app (such as navigation, ads or pop-ups). After having exchanged their opinions, they move on to another language task in which they look at pairs of sentences with gaps and try to complete each pair with the same preposition. The aim of this part of the lesson is not only to revise some phrasal verbs and dependent prepositions, but also to pre-teach students the language from a video which they will watch in the second part.
VIDEO & DISCUSSION
The second part of the lesson starts with the video about dark UX design. First, students listen for gist and explain in their own words what dark patterns are. Afterwards, they watch the video again, this time trying to find more detailed information about three specific tactics: confirmshaming, Roach Motel and hotel poachers. After having clarified them, students look at four more names of dark patterns not mentioned in the video and work in pairs trying to guess their meaning. As a follow-on activity, they get an opportunity to relate the content of the video to their personal experience and discuss a few questions about being victims of dark patterns in their own lives.
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