Go for it! 8B Unit 9 Section A 2d
According to the National English curriculum, learner-centered language teaching aims to develop Ss’ core competencies which consist of language competence, thinking quality, cultural awareness and learning capacity.
Listening and speaking class is designed to systematically train Ss’ ability of understanding speaker’s intention and expressing their own ideas objectively and independently. To facilitate Ss’ experiential learning, T would adopt PPP teaching model, i.e. presentation, practice and production.
Analysis of the teaching material
The teaching material is a dialogue taken from Unit 9, Book 8B, Go for it, which centers on the topic of talking about the past experience. The dialogue between Anna and Jill mainly talks about their activities last weekend. It demands Ss to understand speakers’ experience and learn to use present perfect tense to describe their own experiences, such as “I have been to…”, ”I’ve never been to…” and ask or answer questions like “Have you been to ..”
Analysis of the learning condition
Ss from Grade 8 have already acquired some basic pronunciation rules and they can express their ideas at the intermediate level. Traveling experience is closely related to their daily life, thus it is not difficult to arouse their interest. However, how to use present perfect tense to talk about their past experience and give reasonable comments on it will be the anticipated difficulty.
By the end of the class, Ss will be able to
Ø Language competence
1) topic-related language: learn to describe activities, like “put up a tent”, “cook outside” …
2) functional language: learn to use present perfect tense to describe their own experience, such as “I have been to…”,”I’ve never been to…” and ask or answer questions like “Have you been to …”
Ø Cultural awareness
Realize the beauty of their hometown and the responsibility of introducing Chinese splendid scenery.
Ø Thinking quality
Logical thinking: learn to use mind-map to regroup information for easier learning
Ø Learning capacity
Communicative learning strategy: interact with other Ss for practice and contextualize the target language.
Language focuses and anticipated difficulties
Ø language focuses
How to use present perfect tense to describe their own experience, such as “I have been to…”,”I’ve never been to…” and ask or answer questions like “Have you been to ..”
Ø anticipated difficulties
How to use present perfect tense to talk about past experiences and give reasonable comments on it
Activity 1 Free talk: How many places have you been to in China?
T: Good morning! My dear class! Attention please! A piece of news for you! Look, who is coming?
T: More and more foreigners are coming to our China to have a vacation! Could I do a survey in our class? How many places have you been to in China? ( And what are they? What did you do there? How did you feel about that experience?)
Intention: to attract Ss’ attention by designing a situation and lead in the target sentence structure naturally
Activity 2 Listen to the conversation and circle out the places or activities mentioned in it.
Intention: to train Ss’ listening skill of identifying mentioned words and let them have a general idea about the conversation
Activity 3 Read the conversation and make a mind-map with your desk-mate.
Intention: to guide Ss to have a logical thought-pattern about the content.
Activity 4 Sentence-pattern drilling
T: Good job! How about having a competition as usual? Ask your partner a question, “Have you been to…”; Only when the answer is a “yes”, can you turn around to continue the game!
Intention: to make sentence-pattern drilling more attractive and efficient
Activity 5 Pronunciation-intonation training
Intention: to train Ss’ speaking skills and consolidate their pronunciation and intonation
Activity 6 Pair work: role-play the conversation
Intention: to train Ss’ communicative skills by paying attention to eye contact and body language
Activity 7 Group work: an interview
T: Class, tell me! Would you like to invite those foreigners to your hometown?
T: Great! All of us are proud of our hometown and motherland! Now, let’s work in groups of four. I want to have some foreigners, local citizens and note-takers as well. Can you use as many words, expressions and sentence structures as you can to carry out a wonderful and interesting conversation? I believe you can make it!
Compulsory:Get more familiar with the conversation and try to retell the speakers’ experiences.
Optional: Get to know more about your hometown through the internet and introduce your hometown to more people.