Question Time – Let’s have a panel show!

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Language for agreeing and disagreeing

panel show

LESSON OVERVIEW

The objective of this lesson plan is to prepare students to have a panel show where they will express their opinions on some topical issues. Students will read two short texts about a TV series, The Crown and a panel show, Question Time as well as learn some useful language for agreeing and disagreeing.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
90 minStandard LessonPremium Plan

DISCUSSION & READING

First, students get a few questions about TV dramas based on truth and real-life events to discuss. Next, they work in pairs. One student read a text about Question Time and the other about The Crown. Then, they take turns to tell each other about the show they’ve read about and answer some additional questions.

VIDEO

The listening comprehension part is based on a short video extract from Question Time where panellists discuss The Crown series. First, students need to choose views which are not expressed by the panellists. Then, they complete some comments from the video with missing words and watch the video again to check their answers. To practise the vocab a bit more, students complete a dialogue about adding a warning to The Crown.

PANEL SHOW

In this part of the lesson plan, students first come up with some questions that they will discuss later when taking part in a panel show. After that, there is one more functional language exercise. Students have to complete a table with different expressions for giving opinions, agreeing, disagreeing and interrupting. Finally, students take part in an episode of Question Time. They have to read their roles, make notes and discuss some of the questions they’ve come up with before. The role play is prepared for groups of six, but for smaller classes, you can have a presenter and just some of the roles.

WORKSHEETS

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  1. silvigir

    Thank you Katherine! Great worksheet!

    1. Katherine

      Thank you so much. It’s lovely to have some positive feedback. I really appreciate it. Good luck with your teaching.

    2. Katherine

      Thanks so much for the comment.

  2. Carolyn

    Welcome Katherine. We’ll done on this lesson plan – I will definitely be using this with my online courses. Thank you and keep up the good work. Carolyn

  3. gerardamck

    Excellent content, up-to-date, will definitely use it on my teacher training course at a C1/C2 level, very user friendly power point.

    1. Katherine

      Thank you! That’s so good to hear. Good luck using it with your students.

  4. Sue S

    A lot of great activities. Very practical and ready to use in the classroom.

    1. Katherine

      Thanks for commenting Sue! It’s always good to get feedback.

  5. Aga Maj

    I was wondering how to set up split reading in an online classroom? What’s your experience?

    1. Katherine

      Hi Aga Maj, That’s a really good question. It depends on the platform you are using. I attended a teacher training session on Zoom a few days ago and we did a split reading. We started off in the main room and the trainer gave us instructions. Then we went into breakout rooms in groups of three: A, B, C. Two of us had the texts (they were sent to us in the chat box in a pdf) and the third person was an overseer who acted like a teacher. We had to tell a story in turns, as we each had a part of the information. Later we discussed the activity and some of the other teachers said they had experience of doing this kind of activity in different ways. One teacher used WhatsApp messaging with her students because they didn’t have a good internet connection. I’m sure other teachers who read this will have some ideas too. I’ll also come back with more!

    2. Stan

      To add to Katherine’s comment, we purposefully put the texts in separate files and link to them in the e-lesson. This way you can easily copy links to split reading texts and share it with your students and don’t need to copy+paste it on your own to create PDFs before the lesson.

      1. Aga Maj

        Thanks Katherine for a tip with Zoom. The class I’m going to use this lesson plan with works on Google Meet, which is not my favourite. I’ll just try to share the links with my students before class so they can report and share their findings in class. Thanks Stan for your contribution~!

  6. Charlotte De Maria

    Such a fantastic lesson, my student really loved this. He pretended to be Piers Morgan on the panel show! It was great fun!

    1. Katherine

      That’s hilarious! I wish I could have seen that. Thanks for your feedback. It’s much appreciated.

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