With this B1 technology lesson plan, students talk about different types of robots, watch two videos about robots in sports, learn some commonly confused sports words and reflect on the future of robots.
LEAD‐IN & SPORTS VOCABULARY
The lesson starts with students explaining the difference between three terms: android, humanoid robot and robot. This warm-up task could be followed by showing students some examples of these robots on the Internet. Next, students look at six photos showing different robots and discuss five questions related to their role in our everyday lives. The next exercise focuses on sports vocabulary, particularly on some commonly confused pairs of verbs and nouns (beat vs win, spectators vs viewers). Students look at ten sentences and choose one correct word to complete each of them.
VIDEOS & TECHNOLOGY VOCABULARY
The second part of the lesson starts with a word cloud. Students look at it and predict what the videos they’re about to watch might be about. Then, they watch two videos about sports robots and summarise them using the words from a box (e.g. beat, compete). Afterwards, they share opinions about sports competitions between humans and robots. The next exercise gives them an opportunity to learn more technology–related vocabulary (e.g. artificial intelligence, automation). Students match the underlined words to their meanings. Finally, they read the statements again, prepare arguments for and against them and hold debates explaining why they agree or disagree with each statement. You may want to finish this B1 technology lesson plan with a small project. You could ask students to imagine they’re engineers and to design robots they’ve always wanted to have. Then, they could give short presentations about their robots.
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