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Narrative structure & video lesson plan
by Sandra Bradwell
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Video

Lesson Procedure

Stage, time & interaction
Activity
Aim
Materials
1
5 mins
group
1. Ss arrive and chat about holidays /recap last lesson
Find out what ss have been doing
Share information from last lesson with those who were absent
menu on board
2
10 mins
t -ss
pairs
ss - t
1. Introduce topic of lesson: telling anecdotes, stories
2. Discuss questions(remind ss of language: opinions, describing..)
3. Feedback (strips)
To involve all students in topic of lesson
To activate schemata
To provide oral fluency practice (language of description and giving opinions)
To focus on structure/features of good story
questions on wall
music notebook
strips for ideas
3
10 mins
t - ss
ind
pairs
ss - t
ss -t
1. Change pairs
2. Explain task
3. Video - extensive listening
4. Ss in pairs compare what understood
5. T ask ss what happened
6. Compare to what discussed in stage 2 activity 3
To vary student groupings
To inform students of task
To listen for pleasure
To listen for gist
To encourage ss to share ideas
To provide basic outline of story
To highlight structure of oral narrative discourse
To encourage ss to reflect and give general impression
homemade video
4
10 mins
t - ss
pairs
ind
pairs
1. Hand out transcript and explain layout
2. Students read through quickly to check they follow it
3. Watch video and follow with transcript(ask ss to focus on voice/intonation/body language)
4. Ss comment in pairs
To draw attention to features of spoken conversation
To facilitate listening in next step
To draw attention to paralinguistic features of spoken discourse
To contrast opinions
homemade video
video transcript
music 2
notebook
5
5 mins
t - ss
pairs
ss - t
1. Hand out worksheet + highlighter pens
2. Read about typical structure and highlight expressions on transcript to fit into each section: abstract, orientation, remarkable event, reaction, coda
To check students understand and can identify expressions
To focus specific attention on structure of oral narrative discourseTo provide clear record
music 2
notebook
worksheet
highlighter pens
transparency
adapter
OHP
6
10 mins
t - ss
pairs
ss - t
pairs
pairs
pairs
ss - t
1. Change highlighter pens
2. In new colour highlight features of 'evaluation'
3. Feedback on OHP
4. How many different ways does Jane show she is actively listening?
5. Check with back of worksheet
6. Last question on worksheet
7. Feedback
To focus specific attention on discourse features of story telling which students usually find difficult
To provide clear record
To focus attention on variety of active listening features
To draw attention to this very important skill
To highlight the interactive nature of spoken discourse
To check students understand
as above
7
10 mins
pairs
ss - t
group
ind
1. Predict stress
2. Indicate stress on OHP
3. Drill items
4. Encourage ss to mumble drill
To apply knowledge/encourage reflection
To provide record
To give opportunity to get feel for expressions
To provide opportunity to gain confidence saying items
transparency
OHP
8
5 mins
ind
1. Prepare story telling
To give time for planning task
To provide opportunity for ss to practise
music 2
post-its (hot correction)
9
15 mins
groups
1. Perform task story telling
2. Change pairs - retell story
3. Feedback on story telling techniques
4. If time Diary - reflect on usefulness of lesson
To give opportunity for relating personal anecdote
To practise active listening skills
To encourage active use of variety of expressions and vocabulary
music 1
notebook
 
1. Choose a different story, practise telling it employing some of the techniques, tape it
2. Maximiser
To consolidate, give opportunity to practise in stress free context
homework

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