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Preliminary information

Time: 60-75 minutes??

Level: Upper Intermediate/Advanced

Aims:
To give extensive & intensive reading practice
To give freer speaking practice

Assumptions:
That the stds will be interested in the chocolate & the novel
That the language in the text will not be too difficult & that it will be interesting vocabulary.

Anticipated Problems and Solutions:
Some of the vocabulary may be challenging - have dictionaries on hand.

Aids:
The text from the novel 'Chocolat' by Joanne Harris & the quotes about chocolate from http://www.virtualchocolate.com/quotes

chocolates

Procedure

Stage 1 - Intro to the theme of 'chocolate' - a questionnaire

20 mins tch<>stds, std<>std

1. Tell yourself or hand out the chocolate joke to a std who memorises it & tells it to the rest of the group.
2. Hand out (or on OHT) - the quotes about chocolate > stds read > discuss. Maybe provide some more quotes, leading into a discussion - fave chocolates, how often & much eat etc...
3. Brainstorm all vocab about chocolate - stds shout out words.

Stage 2 - Intro to the text

5 mins tch<>stds, std<>std, tch<>stds

1. Intro to the novel 'Chocolat' - know it? seen the film? what's it about?

Stage 3 - Reading tasks

10 mins tch<>stds, std<>std, tch<>stds

1. Set reading task:

Read the text to answer the following questions:

1. What do you know about the narrator's life?

2. What things did her mother teach her?

3. Who is Francis Reynaud? And what doesn't he understand?

4. How does she make her chocolate?

5. What does she 'see' when making the chocolate?

6. Who do you think is the 'Black Man'?

2. Stds read & then compare ideas.
3. Feedback - go through the answers & get the stds to respond to the text - what do they think of the chapter? would they like to read the book/see the film? Draw out the mystical & magical parallels being made in the text.

Stage 4 - vocabulary focus

10-15 mins tch<>stds, std<>std, tch<>stds

1. Ask the stds to find all the vocabulary connected to 'chocolate making' & 'magic-related' - you could get the two halves of the class looking for different groups. It would probably be a good idea top hand out dictionaries to use with this, if you have a class set - or get them to bring their own in for the lesson.
2. Collate the vocab on the board - let the stds write it up themselves. Go through some of the more dificult items.

chocolate cooking vocab
magic-related vocab

ingredients
mixing
grating
melting
infusing
flavouring
recipes
utensils
pestle & mortar
spices
food
restaurants
pâtisserie
cookery cards
smells of baking bread
croissants
bouillabaisse
grilled garlic
eisbrei
sauerkraut
kartoffelsalat
ice-cream
confectioner
chocolaterie
raw chocolate liquor
blocks of couveture
the dark
the milk
the white
tempered
melting
stirring
testing
electric mixers
base chocolate
stoves
copper pans
rising vapour
mingled scents
vanilla
cinnamon

sorcery
sensual magic
divinations
sacred rituals
revered
magical properties
the brew was sipped
ecstacies
sacrificial temples
corruption
transubstantiation of the flesh
a vessel for debauch
orgies
a vision
a power of augury
secret


Stage 5 - follow up activities - a few ideas:

- a chocolate tasting sessions - get a variety of chocolates & have a blind tasting with votes on preferences & tastes - lots of fun & very motivating! - the language of preferences.

- a chocolate questionnaire - stds write their own with a key - chocoholics' questionnaire!

- chocoholics anonymous group therapy roleplay - give cards with a choc. related problem - all mingle - & help each other - language of advice.

- roleplay between Vianne, the chocolaterie owner, & the priest Reynaud. The priest has the job of persuading Vianne that she should shut up shop & move away....

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