A better way to brainstorm

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Giving suggestions

giving suggestions

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson, students watch a video about a brainstorming method, learn English phrases for giving suggestions and practise vocabulary related to brainstorming. 

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

VIDEO & GIVING SUGGESTIONS

In the warm-up activity, students look at two photos of people brainstorming and discuss some questions about them. They also talk about brainstorming in general. Then, students watch the first part of the video to see what the problems with brainstorming in a group are. Before watching the second part of the video, they suggest how the problems might be avoided. Then, they watch the rest of the video and put the steps of the brainstorming method from the video in the correct order. After the viewing, they share their thoughts on the method. Next, students look at some sentences from a brainstorming session and find the phrases which can be used for giving suggestions (e.g. What about…?, I think we should…?, Why don’t we…?). They also practise using the phrases by giving suggestions on how to solve some problems. 

VOCABULARY & A BRAINSTORMING SESSION

In this part of the lesson, students work with a case study. First, they read a dialogue as an introduction to the problem. Then, they look at some vocabulary in the dialogue (e.g. deal with, come up with, decide on) and match it with meanings. They also need to answer some questions about the dialogue using the new vocabulary. After that, they read an email which further explains what the problem is. They need to brainstorm ideas for solving the problem using the brainstorming method from the video. They also have to use the phrases for giving suggestions which they learned in the first part of the lesson. 

HOMEWORK/REVISION

This worksheet includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.

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  1. tutor4U

    I can’t wait to try this! Yes it may take longer but the opportunity to hear from everyone is so much more inclusive!
    Awesome concept, thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Iulia

      Hi!:)
      We’re so happy to hear that you find the content useful and the lesson engaging.

  2. Daryna Melnyk

    super, thank you

  3. Joanne Harland

    Hello

    I have used this lesson with a few students and they all complain that the background music in the video is much too loud. Something to think about when creating a lesson for your students.

    1. Iulia

      Hello, Joanne. That’s a good point, thank you. We’ll do our best to avoid this in our future lessons.

  4. KareenJ

    I liked this one because it presented practical language and practised it then also had revision – I work one to one so I had to amend one of the final exercises but that was fine. My student struggled with the listening though so we put the subtitles on and replayed it about 3/4 times. All in all, a very stimulating and useful lesson!

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