For a Word
The material for
this lesson below is taken
from the BBC site. They
ran a competition to see who were the most popular Britons.
The material could be used with most
levels. It lends itself to discussion work, & the
practice of comparative & superlative adjectives,
plus descriptive vocabulary - see the categories below.
If you have difficulties with the people
there are links on most of the top ten names below to
biographical information on the BBC site. To
go to the index of historical figures
Here are a few ideas for using the
1. Warmer - ask stds to think of a
famous person they admire - they then stand up &
mingle & introduce themselves as that person.
2. Brainstorm famous people in their
country - in an English-speaking country, sit them next
to others from different countries for them to explain
who the people are.
3. Give out the names & mini-photos
of the top ten winners (you'll need to download them
from the site) & the stds match them up - this could
be very difficult.
4. Go through each person, clarifying
their accomplishments - there is a link on each person
which will take you to the BBC site for biographical
5. You could use snippets of this biographical
info as a reading - a matching of name & biog.
4. Stds could put the people in order
- 1 >> 10, predicting the results of the competition.
5. Give the competition order &
stds discuss why it ended like that.
6. Stds vote on famous people from
their country. You could used the categories that were
used in the BBC votings: Legacy, Genius, Leadership,
Bravery & Compassion.
Stds discuss who should be in the top
ten from their country. You could 'pyramid' the discussion
- pairs decide & then two pairs together to share
info & come to an agreement, then two groups of
four together to come to an agreement together again.
Usable messages on the message
board linked to the BBC pages where listeners give their
opinions of the results.
You could use the whole list
1-100 for speaking practice. Stds could choose a person
& describe them with the others guessing who it
Discuss why some made the list
- pop stars etc...
It could be used for project
work - choose people they might find interesting &
allocate one to each std who goes away to research that
person & comes back to explain them to the class.