Sample Lesson Plan: The one-computer classroom / Past tenses ending in -ed Class: BIN-06 Pronunciation II Duration: 2 hrs

. 30 min. Materials 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M7xIwAqy9I 2. http://www.scribd.com/doc/11966921/Pronunciation-Of-the-final-ed 3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413_gramchallenge2 6/page2.shtml 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413_gramchallenge2 6/page3.shtml 5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8139322.stm Other material: • • Speakers Textbooks

Introduction As we have already studied in previous lessons, we have already noticed that –ed regular past tenses vary in their pronunciation. Here we will review the concept of voicing to fully understand when and why –ed is pronounced as /t/, /d/, or /Id/. Objectives of this lesson (tell students about them): Once students have reviewed the concept of voicing and watched a video explaining the –ed pronunciation in past tenses, they will be able to apply the rules to pronounce past tenses with 80% accuracy while reading or speaking. Procedure • Presentation o There will be no real presentation by the teacher at this point. o Students will watch a video in which a teacher explains how –ed in past tenses is pronounced and classified. o Students will be asked to take notes. • Tasks’ sequence o Activity 1: Group work: Students will be asked to work in groups of three to analyze the information provided in the following link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/11966921/Pronunciation-Of-the-final-ed. This will help them match the importance of consonant voicing and –ed pronunciation, as well of the exceptions. o Activity 2: Quizzing students: The next two links that will be used –with the whole class- will be a way to review/quiz/assess student understanding of the rules. The links provide two interactive quizzes, so it is a nice way of assessing
©2010, Deborah Healey American English Institute/Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon

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student understanding of rules.  Quiz 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413 _gramchallenge26/page2.shtml  Quiz 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1413 _gramchallenge26/page3.shtml o Activity 3: Assessment: Students will be give a copy of the article published by the BBC on Monkeys recognise 'bad grammar'. They will work in pairs to highlight the past tenses ending in –ed and to practice reading the passage. o Activity 4: By changing partners, students will be asked to talk about the possibility of animals to understand language. They will be asked to tell their partners to discuss about their pets when they were kids. And if they believe in animal communication. (These questions will be shown to students on power point.) • Learning styles addressed: sensory/intuitive learners (procedural info); visual/verbal; sequential/global; logical/mathematical [A wide range of learners are addressed with this practice.] Technology alternative (in case things don't work as planned): book CD and additional worksheets

Review before the end of the class session: Before the class is over, a general review of the rules will be given to students. At random, students will be asked to provide how each rules works. Homework: • In the class blog, a couple of links will be provided for students to continue practicing: http://www.english-room.com/pasttense_6a.htm and http://www.eslgold.com/grammar/simple_past.html • Besides, students will be able to prepare a two-minute presentation talking about a memorable moment in their childhood.

Deborah Healey American English Institute/Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon

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