Sue Kay's Pick – Move Advanced, Module 1 Section 1 - Behave!
This double-page lesson from Move Advanced ticks lots of boxes for me: it’s fun, the topic is engaging and although it’s a reading activity, there are plenty of speaking tasks too. These are all important ingredients for a short course book: students want to improve, above all, their speaking and understanding, so the more opportunities they have to communicate, the better.
The topic of the reading lesson is universally recognisable – eccentrics exist all over the world, and the images accompanying the lesson show famous eccentrics of history. They immediately lend an international flavour, being from different countries around the world: Spain, Mexico and Germany.
Exercise 2 of the ’Lead-in’ is the all-important ‘hook’ – the question is intriguing: Are there more famous male eccentrics than female? Why would that be?
More reasons to read the text are in the form of true/false statements, discussed first. The personalised postreading task is fun and easy to do. Students tell their partner where they come on an imagined scale from conformity to individuality. There’s a lovely set of advanced-level adjectives contextualised in the text. The pronunciation and meaning are dealt with simply and efficiently, and then the students are asked to use them in a personalised way: Which adjectives apply to you?
Collocations from the text are then practised in one of my favourite activity types: students choose the correct collocate to complete sentences, which are then recycled as a personalised speaking task by replacing names in the sentences with names of people they know. Neat and effective!
Sue Kay, Move co-author
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