In this lesson about nature students talk about a podcast they listened to at home and practise advanced vocabulary related to the natural world. They also discuss the role of nature in their lives.
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In the pre-class part of this lesson about nature, students do two tasks. They start with a vocabulary activity in which they need to complete sentences with pairs of words (e.g. basking + refresh, scenic + floating). Then, they listen to the podcast and note down three things. Those include: something that students find surprising, something obvious and some piece of information which is useful to them and other people.
Once students are in class, they share their notes about the podcast and discuss how important the topic is on a global scale. They also talk at length about their experience with nature, the benefits of spending time in nature, and other issues mentioned in the podcast. Then, students do some vocabulary activities. First, they complete sentences with provided words. The contexts represent their basic meanings (e.g. weed, stem, blossom). Next, students read some statements and explain meanings of words and phrasal verbs in bold (e.g. weed out, stem from, blossom into). After that, they have to complete some statements about nature and compare their ideas with a partner. In the final speaking activity in this lesson about nature, students look at some ideas for appreciating nature and discuss several questions. Finally, the teacher can choose to do a revision task which is included only in the teacher’s version. In the task, students need to choose a word from a box and rewrite underlined parts of sentences. They also need to make any necessary changes to the sentence. The teacher can also set this task as homework.
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