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The Value of Teaching Lexis in Combination
by Jake Haymes

Lesson plan - lesson materials

Framework for story

In 'Once Upon a Time' (CUP) 1988 Morgan & Rinvolucri are quite adamant that stories should be told and not read. They even go as far as to say that the teacher (or teller) should not refer to notes during the delivery. One obvious advantage of this is that learners are listening to more realistic speech. Another is that the teacher can adjust the pace of delivery according to the students' reactions. The third and perhaps most important is that the teacher can involve the learners more. They can predict what might happen and even throw in some reaction.

Below is the outline for the story I used.

Well…story about man (PICTURE OF MAN GOES ON BOARD) and…..yes….woman (Her PICTURE ON BOARD). Names?

Anyway, he seen and likes her, not spoken,

he wants more into. about her, wants to talk, discover what she's like.
He (PICK UP 1ST ROD) wants to get to know her

Repeat - DRILL (CHORAL + SOME INDIVIDUAL)

Well he does, now really likes, thinking about her all day, on metro, at work, not eating etc.
He can't get her off his mind
She's not interested. Still very keen. Sends flowers, texts, etc.
He does his best
His friends say
He's wasting his time
not deterred. Eventually
She's changes her mind
as
She'd been feeling down
but insists wants to
Take her time
However
He is in a hurry
after some thought
He makes up his mind
going to propose, tells all his friends, she has no idea until someone
Lets her know
she is very angry. Finishes with him

How will he react??



Vocabulary Focus
Match the language from the story with the definition. The first one has been done for you.
 
To change one's / someone's mind* To spend time doing something useless
To waste one's / someone's time* To do everything possible, to make a big effort
To make one's mind up+ To change a decision or opinion
To take one's time To go slowly/methodically, to use all the time necessary
To let someone know To be unable to stop thinking about someone or something
To do one's best To learn more about someone by having contact with them
To be in a hurry To make a decision after some consideration or doubt
To feel down To go quickly due to lack of time
To get to know someone To give information to someone
can't get someone/something off one's mind To be a little depressed
NOTE

* The subject can be different from the object in these expressions.
e.g. He changed his mind. I'm wasting my time.
She changed his mind. You're wasting my time.

+ Up can be placed in two positions.
e.g. I haven't made my mind up yet.
I haven't made up my mind yet.

 

A. Transform the following sentences

1. Since he told me the news, I keep thinking about it.I can't get it off my mind (off)

2. Although I tried as hard as I could, I still failed the exam. I __________________ but I still failed the exam. (best)

3. She wanted to consider the offer carefully, before making a decision.She wanted ____________________ , before ___________________ (time & mind)

4. (In the street)Hi, Tom, look, I can't stop, I haven't got much time. I'll give you a ring later. Bye.Hi, Tom, look, I can't stop, I _________________ . I'll give you a ring later. Bye. (hurry)

5. Tell me if your decision changes._________________ if _____________________ (know & change)

6. Trying to get him to stop smoking is pointless.You're ____________________ trying to get him to stop smoking. (time)

7. You only learn what someone is really like when you live with them.It's only when you live with someone that you really _________________ them. (know)

8. She's been a little depressed since her cat died.She's been ______ a bit ______ since her cat died. (down)

 

How the new language relates to you

B. Discuss the following questions with your partner. See if you can find three things you have in common.

1 When was the last time you changed your mind about something important in your life?
2 If you feel down, do you let other people know about it?What do you do to feel better again?
3 Is there anybody who you would like to get to know better, if so, why?
4 When you go shopping, do you find it easy to make your mind up about what you're going to buy or are you quite indecisive?
5 Do you work/study better when you are in a hurry or when you can take your time?
6 In which ways do you waste your time?
7 In general, what sort of things can't people get off their minds?
8 At school, in which subjects did you do your best and in which did you make little effort? Why?

 

Take A Chance On Me
by ABBA
(1977 Polar Music International)

If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you've got no place to go, when you're feeling down
If you're all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain't no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me try
Take a chance on me
(That's all I ask of you honey)
Take a chance on me

We can go dancing, we can go walking,
As long as we're together
Listen to some music, maybe just talking,
Get to know you better
'Cos you know I've got
So much that I wanna do, when I dream I'm alone with you
It's magic
You want me to leave it there, afraid of a love affair
But I think you know
That I can't let go

If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on meIf you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you've got no place to go, if you're feeling down
If you're all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best and it ain't no lie
If you put me to the test, if you let me try

Take a chance on me (Come on, give me a break will you?)
Take a chance on me
Oh you can take your time baby, I'm in no hurry, know I'm gonna get you
You don't wanna hurt me, baby don't worry, I ain't gonna let you
Let me tell you now
My love is strong enough to last when things are rough
It's magic
You say that I waste my time,
But I can't get you off my mind
No I can't let go
'Cos I love you so

If you change your mind, I'm the first in line
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you've got no place to go, if you're feeling down
If you're all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
Gonna do my very best, baby can't you see
Gotta put me to the test, take a chance on me
(Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me)

Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me Gonna do my very best, baby can't you see
Gotta put me to the test, take a chance on me
(Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me)

Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me Gonn a do my very best, baby can't you see
Gotta put me to the test, take a chance on me
(Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me)

 

get to know you better I can't get you off my mind oh you can take your time
you say that I waste my time if you change your mind if you need me, let me know
when you're feeling down I'm in no hurry gonna do my very best

 

Some learners find it useful to group vocabulary collocations and expressions according to the verb. If you think this would help you to remember vocabulary, transfer some of today's language to this sheet. You can include examples and / or definitions, phonemes etc.
What other ways could you use to remember new vocabulary?

 

 

GET

 

 

 

 

DO

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE

your mind up (or) up your mind= to decide after consideration or doubt. e.g. I've made up my mind, I'm going to tell him the truth.

 

MAKE

 

 

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