Time: 60-75 minutes??
Level: Upper Intermediate/Advanced
To give extensive & intensive reading practice
To give freer speaking practice
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
The text from the
novel 'Chocolat' by Joanne Harris & the quotes about chocolate from http://www.virtualchocolate.com/quotes
Stage 1 - Intro to
the theme of 'chocolate' - a questionnaire
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
3. Brainstorm all vocab about chocolate - stds shout out words.
Stage 2 - Intro to the text
5 mins tch<>stds, std<>std,
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,
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,
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
pestle & mortar
smells of baking bread
raw chocolate liquor
blocks of couveture
the brew was sipped
transubstantiation of the flesh
a vessel for debauch
a power of augury
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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