According to the lesson plan suggested by onestopenglish.com, these three resources should be used together in a lesson. They make part of the aims and strategy set for the lesson: students read two different texts on both sides of the argument (Is extreme wealth a sign of a prospering economy or of great inequality?). Even though a more detailed version can be found in the worksheets, we explain here very briefly the steps:
Warmer: students are given several numbers in words and numbers in and digits which they need to match. Then, they have to say them aloud.
Step 1: pre-reading activity. Working in pairs, students are given two different texts on the same topic (one gets worksheet A (argument in favour) and the other (arguments against). Sts do a vocabulary matching the words with their definitions as a way to practise vocabulary from the texts (read the words in context).
Step 3: Sts read the text
Step 4: Information sharing. Students present the arguments from both sides and decide on who’s got the strongest arguments.
Step 5: Discussion (speaking practice)- sts attempt to answer the questions suggested in the worksheets (e.g. In times of crisis, are billionaires morally required to help others, in your opinion?)
Follow-up activity: research and presentation (“Find out more about one of the world’s wealthiest businesspeople, and prepare to give a presentation about them. Be prepared to answer questions with relevant information.”)
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students
The provided tangible improvements
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries
Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student
These resources (also photocopiable) meet the teachers’ needs as they are very clear and well organised. Even though the activities included in the worksheets are not new, the text is relevant and appealing for students studying business as they can read and reflect on an interesting topic which will also influence them in their future careers. The structure of the activities/tasks also allows the teacher to assess the students on several skills and language features: vocabulary, prosody, reading, writing and speaking. This set of activities is easily reachable as you just need to click on the links and they will send you directly to the resources.
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