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Preliminary information

Time: 70 minutes??

Level: Advanced

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

Assumptions:
That the stds will be interested in the content of the text.
That the language in the text will be difficult but the content should be interesting enough to overcome language problems.

Anticipated Problems and Solutions:
Some of the vocabulary may be challenging - emphasise that it is leading to a speaking activity & in this instance the detailed understanding is not necessary.

Aids:
The article text from the Observer site
The text introduction
The matching tasks
Board

Procedure

Stage 1 - Intro to the theme
25 mins tch<>stds, std<>std, tch<>stds
1. Give the stds the brief article introduction - this could be dictated, done as a running dictation or simply read out.

From sleeping at the office to scanning the brains of consumers, and from green-goo panic to helicopter parents... the next 12 months promises to bring a revolution in the way we work, rest and play. Here, in no particular order, we explain the thinking behind the jargon.

2. Give out the headings below & ask stds to discuss what they might be about.
3. Stds match up headings & meanings >> feedback.

Stage 2 - Extensive reading - which could easily move into intensive reading - be prepared for this - dictionaries? some vocab task on each section? And careful about the cultural references - check it all out yourself first.
15 mins tch<>stds, std
1. Ask the stds to choose five headings that they would like to find out more information - stds choose.
2. Stds read quickly for the general idea of their five chosen headings - individual work.

Stage 3 - Speaking
25 mins tch<>stds, std<>std
1. Put stds into groups of four - they explain the headings that the others hadn't read & then they rank the ideas in order of interest or order of relevance for them & their countries.
2. Stds discuss - take notes on spoken output.
3. One std from each group visits the other groups to see what they have decided - reports back to own group & they make any changes to their orders as necessary.
4. General class feedback - stds put their orders on the board & justify their decisions.
5. Language feedback - things you have picked up over the lesson.

Look at the following headings from the article. With your neighbour, discuss what you think each refers to.

1. The well-slept society

2. The end of loneliness

3. Neuromarketing

4. Supermarket nation

5. Get back on the couch

6. The pro-am economy

7. The kidult

8. The two-income trap

9. No frills cruising

10. Spies 'r' us

11. Green goo panic

12. Sweet heat

13. Helicopter parents

14. Notschool

15. The program

16. Spiritual art

17. 'Achilles Heel' HIV vaccine

18. Wellness polarisation

19. Densification zones

20. Life chances

Now try to match the 'meanings' with the above headings

a. It's not the letters after your name, it's the skills in your game

b. Check out that revolt in the aisles

c. Focus groups are passé. Next, marketing people will be scanning our brains to find out what we 'really think'

d. The end is nigh!

e. A universal vaccine for HIV/Aids might be closer than you think

f. Time to wake up to the sleep deprivation our economy is suffering from

g. High-rise and densification, discredited mantras of great 20th-century architects, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, are fast becoming the new 'isms' which will impact on our cityscapes in the 21st century

h. How to get even with the Scandies

i. Britart gets religion

j. Surveillance used to be mainly a 'top-down' thing - the preserve of government and business. But things are changing

k. Making new friends by using social networking services, like Friendster

l. Using Harvard Business School techniques to find a husband

m. They think they know best, but maybe they should back off

n. A school for kids who don't fit into the mainstream

o.Floating hotels meet camping

p. While the healthier get healthier, the sick get sicker

q. The continuing upward expansion of the youth demographic

r. Having two incomes is a necessity, but also a liability

s. The combination of sweet and hot flavours

t. 2004 will be the year of new evidence that madness should be treated and prevented by talking therapies before drugs

Now choose five of the topics that you would like to find out more.

 

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