by Alistair Dickinson
Ideas on only
using one object as the focus of the class
This is not suggesting
that you go into most classes like this. It is to demonstrate
that a little thought and imagination can go a long way.
A bottle - a few
ideas in no particular order.
Elicit what it
is - brainstorm different types of drinks, different liquids
put into bottles
Think of ten different
things you can use a bottle for, apart from containing liquids.
Stds invent a dialogue
in a bar with the bottle as the central focus
Give 3/4 more vocab
items & stds invent a story using them Introduce language
of invitations 'Would you like a drink?'
For higher levels
Processes - pres.
simple passive - bottling of a drink.
Materials - glass
to other materials Interview roleplay - found dead rat in
bottle while drinking (barman - customer roleplay) and goes
on to negotiations for a settlement over compensation for
the outrage (company rep.- customer roleplay).
Bottle is a new
invention - prepare an advertising campaign to promote this
Vocab - smash,
crack, shatter, break poss. combined with other 'breakage'
vocab & then to go on to area of complaints.
Message in a bottle
- stds write one to each other, put mysterious one on board
& stds ask questions/discuss to discover meaning.
Tribe find bottle
washed up on shore, never seen one, discuss uses from their
point of view & the go on to discussion on civilisation and
then desert island - desert island discs/possessions take/who
take with you etc.
Alcohol - uses
& abuses & then role play with bottle central focus - alcoholic
- most/least popular drinks.
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