This flipped lesson plan is focused on new disruptive technologies and their implications for our life. Students will watch a short documentary to learn how drones are changing cities and discover a variety of ways drones are and will be used – from art and architecture through city and transportation to safety and security. During the class, apart from extensive discussions, students will also learn about three other technologies and learn some useful advanced vocabulary.
This lesson includes some reading and vocabulary tasks but the main point is to have long and interesting conversations. The video and the language used in these worksheet is at the advanced/proficiency levels.
The pre-class worksheet consists of two exercises that students are supposed to do at home. First, they need to read a short text explaining what drones are and how they work. The text includes some words which students have to match with their meanings. It’s quite useful to know these words as they also appear in the video. Next, they move to watching the documentary. It is a bit longer than the usual video as it is almost 18 minutes. Obviously, it’s too long to prepare listening comprehension tasks focusing on details. Therefore, students need to watch it just once and note down what influence drones have in areas such as construction, transportation, security, etc. As I said before, the documentary doesn’t focus on the drone technology but rather on the consequences of world full of drones.
The in-class worksheet starts with a discussion concerning ideas presented in the documentary students have watched. The questions focus mainly on drones and their different applications. In the next task, students will have an opportunity to learn more about three other emerging technologies: autonomous robots, smart speakers and virtual reality. They have to read three short texts and match underlined words with their synonyms. Finally, they move to another discussion, but now it concentrates on the technologies they’ve read about. There are also some more general questions about students’ interests, opinions and predictions about the future.
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