Here are some exercises, designed for level 3 students. The main topic is terrorism. As the base for online discussion I chose the recent article from www.duffelblog.com. This way I combined the source of required vocabulary with a funny approach to a serious subject.
Below you will find my lesson plan, that is how to approach terrorism-related class. Enjoy and share any feedback from your classes.
Terrorism – English vocabulary enhancing class
1) First, I send a link to an article online I chose as the base for further discussion. (see the link above). Along with the link I sent the same article but copied to Word file with some words in bold and underlined. It’s up to you to decide which aspect/element of the article you want to stress.
2) During the meeting I shared my desktop with the students, showing them the presentation you can find below.
3) Then we start discussion from expressing students’ opinion on the article. (slide #2)
4) Then I asked students to group all bold words into two groups of synonyms. (slide #4)
5) Subsequently I encoured students to find out/list any other synonyms to those already listed. (slide #6)
6) Slide #7 shows some possible topics you can offer to discuss further the terrorism and its aspects.
7) Slide #8, a thought provoking drawing is a funny break in the discussion. Another example how you can demand from students expressing their opinions.
8) The next slide just reveals what were the lesson objectives and what they have just practised. To check the students’ performance you can proceed to next slides.
9) On slides #10 and #11 I suggested some useful expressions the students may have already used or would learn as the new ones.
10) To force them to use those expressions on lide #12 are given some controversial statements they may agree or disagree with.
11) The word cloud on slide #13 is just one of the possible representations of the vocabulary needed for any discussions about terrorism.
12) Slide #14 – just a reminder how the proper conditional sentence should be constructed. Tell students to finish the sentences.
13) Another grammar drill is presented on the last slide # 15. When it comes to reporting some events, the students for sure will use one of the presented structures and tenses.