Mode 2 – Prison Food (w/c 29.04.13 –Week 4 of the syllabus)Material:
A real text, adapted for different levels, if necessary. I chose a text printed out from a Britishnewspaper’s website. The story was about how prison food has been rated as being better thanhospital food. I chose this text because it contained lots of interesting words and use of language, andan interesting point to discuss – why the situation with the catering is as it is, and whether it shouldbe that way.Before the lesson (planning):1.
Find a suitable real text.2.
Edit it to make a text for lower levels, e.g. use easier synonyms to replace difficult words, and take outparts which are unnecessarily complicated.3.
Choose vocabulary words and phrases from the text which are likely to be new for your students – thetarget vocabulary.4.
Make a gap-fill version (if required).Lesson outline (90 mins):1.
Write the target vocabulary on the board. (If you’re doing a gap fill, be sure to write the words in arandom order, not the order in the text!)2.
Students copy new words; check meaning and pronunciation.3.
SS tell a story verbally using the vocabulary – what is it about? Have a total guess.4.
T gives guidance as to what the story is about; SS tell the story again.5.
Give out copies of the actual text. SS read out loud and translate – sentence by sentence; checkmeaning of any more new words; check pronunciation errors.6.
Discuss any interesting non-literal language, e.g. idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, puns, etc.7.
Group or pair discussion re the main points of the story. SS could write their own discussion questionsand swap them.8.
Reduction activity: SS write a summary (the main point) of the text in:a) 15 words, b) 10 words, c) 5 words, d) 1 word9.
Stress, Reduce, Merge – pronunciation and connected speech with one of the reduced sentences, e.g.10 words – or a sentence from the text.10.
HW – or role play activity in class, if time: SS imagine a conversation between people involved in thestory, e.g. in this case a prisoner and a patient regarding food.24 unfamiliar words and phrases from the text (Pre-Intermediate level):
grub, nosh, piping hot, nutritious, delay, shrivelled up, inedible, fiasco, nutrient, binned, researcher,bedside, mess, tepid, discolour, disruption, chaos, ill-coordinated, ward, handover, medical round,campaigner, to blow money on sth, drive (campaign)
My reduced sentences (10 words) – a summary of the text:
The food in English prisons is better than in hospitals.
Prisoners eat better than NHS patients, because of food delays.