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Lesson Plan (note from Keli this plan is not in the format required this year)

Topic Class setting Age / First Language Level of Ss Constitution of Teacher Superstition Korean private institute (EFL) Young Adults(18+) / Korean Upper intermediate+ 1 Korean English teacher Ss are competent in grammar comprehending 75+% of any given English texts (level of newspaper) or discourses (news briefing, TV shows) because they are preparing for university entrance test. But they are only familiar with short reading/listening excerpts so they need to be exposed to longer coherent (meaningful) contents using the four integrated skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking) in the target language. Impersonal Passive is not as common in English as in Korean, so it needs to be explicitly taught as a chunk expression. Enabling Objective: Ss will be able to comprehend and express the impersonal passive form. Ss will understand that the verbs change form depending on their relationship to time. Ss will be able to use irregular verbs with conditional sentences. Terminal Objective: Ss will be able to express hypothetical situations and their consequences. Ss will understand Western superstitions and its socio-cultural context. It is said that OOO means good/bad luck. If you (verb in past) XXX, you will . Superstition/Superstitious, Triskaidekaphobia, Ordinary, Particularly, Explanation, Rational, Tavern, Dice, Bet, Pavement, Ridiculous, Self-confidence, Be supposed to, On purpose, Disbelieve / disbelief Video clip from a TV show, Everyone Hates Chris, Computer, Screen, projector, Internet access, Picture cards related to Western superstitions, Pre-reading activity sheet of Irregular verbs & new vocabulary, A story of superstition (text and MP3 file), Comprehension question sheet, Origami fortune teller, and White board Timing Language to use No. of students Anytime on 13 Friday Mainly English (80%) 18

Lesson Length / Frequency 90min. / Mon., Wed., Fri.


Teaching Objective

Key expressions New words

Classroom organization Horse-shoe shape Material needed

WARM-UP Playing Video Clip (7) Preparation: TV show video clip on YouTube - Everyone Hates Chris, S2 / E9 / 120 (Attachment #1) After seeing once, T asks Ss to guess what it was about. (While Ss are watching the video clip, T writes key expression of today.) T introduces the topic of lesson, Superstition (adj. Superstitious) Seeing the video once again, Ts and Ss find superstitions together. ENGAGEMENT Demonstrating key expression and Top 10 superstitions in Western culture: (7) Preparation: Picture cards of Western Top 10 superstitions (Fiebert, 2010) (Attachment #2) Each picture has one side of superstitious behaviors and the other side of its meaning (good/bad luck). T shows the prepared picture cards of superstitions, Ss guess if each picture is either good or bad luck. (The new word, Triskaidekaphobia will have to be explained.) T explains the meaning of pictures using the key expression on the board: TIP: T may use Korean while introducing the grammatical feature of the expressions. It is said/believed(head verbs) that OOO means good/bad luck. If you verb in past XXX, you will .

DEVELOPMENT Presentation (6) Preparation: Handouts of past tense of irregular verbs and new vocabulary (Attachment #3) Pre-reading Activity T gives Ss handouts and reminds them of past tense forms of irregular verbs. Ss can skim new vocabulary and refer to them while doing the reading activity. Practice (30) Preparation: Paper strips of a story The broken mirror, the black cat, and lots of good luck (Rose, n.d.) (Attachment #4) Jigsaw activity: Make 6 groups of 2~3 people and each group gets different parts of story on the paper strips. Each group reads the part of the story, mingle with other group members, and put it together to make it a complete story. T plays an MP3 file of the original story. Ss compare their sequences with the original story. After-reading/listening Activity: Give a handout of reading comprehension quiz. (Attachment #5) TIP: T may plays the MP3 file once again while Ss are taking the quiz. T collects the quiz sheets and then gives them the answers. Ss will get feedback on the quiz during next class. Break (10) Production (25) Preparation: Origami fortunetellers (Attachment #6) Chain Speaking Activity: Have you been to a fortune teller? T gives out 4~5 prepared sets of origami fortune teller sheets. T gives instruction how to make origami fortune teller. (Most Koreans would know.) Divide the class into two groups. Have Group1 to form a circle and Group2 set an outer circle around Group1. E.g. One group becomes clients and the other group becomes fortunetellers. Clients pick one color and number. Fortuneteller reads their sign on the origami, and gives the client solutions. TIP: Be sure that the fortunetellers are using the given expression.
e.g.) It is said that four leaf clovers mean good luck. If you found a four leaf clover, you will win the lottery soon. It is said that a broken mirror gives you seven years of bad luck. If you broke a mirror, you will lose your wallet

Go a round of 2~3 times and switch the role.

CHECK AND REVIEW Consolidation (4) T asks Ss to have seats again. T asks Ss if they are superstitious or not. (If so /If not, why?) T mentions Korean superstition about precognitive dreams using the key expression. (or some Ss might bring up the topic.)
e.g.) It is said that good fortune will come to your home if you dreamt that your house burnt down

T asks Ss about other traditional interpretations of the dreams and their experiences.

Assessment (1) Give them an assignment to compose a short essay about the given prompt: Think of Korean superstitions compared to Western superstitions. Discuss their differences and explain your opinion about superstitions. TIP: The collected the comprehension quiz from the Jigsaw practice will assessed by T with feedback during next class.

Attachment #1 (Still shots from) Video Clip: TV show Everyone Hates Chris

REFERENCE Everyone Hates Chris Season2 Episode 9 [TV Show]. (2010, January 25). Retrieved from

Attachment #2 Picture card of Western Top 10 superstitions


Fiebert, M. A. (2010, October 25). Today's Top 10: Superstitions. Daily Times. Retrieved from Attachment #3 Handout of irregular verbs practice and new vocabulary

1. Write in the past simple and past participle forms of the verbs in the table below:

past simple to break to bring to buy to fall to leave to lose to put to tell to think to win

past particle

2. New words for reading

Superstition/Superstitious Ordinary Explanation Tavern Bet / Triskaidekaphobia Particularly Rational Dice Pavement 13 , ,

Ridiculous Be supposed to Disbelieve / disbelief

, ~ . /

Self-confidence On purpose

Attachment #4 Paragraph strips of Jigsaw reading: The broken mirror, the black cat, and lots of good luck - by Chris Rose Nikos was an ordinary man. Nothing particularly good ever happened to him, nothing particularly bad ever happened to him. He went through life accepting the mixture of good things and bad things that happen to everyone. He never looked for any explanation or reason about why things happened just the way they did. One thing, however, that Nikos absolutely did not believe in was superstition. He had no time for superstition, no time at all. Nikos thought himself to be a very rational man, a man who did not believe that his good luck or bad luck was in any way changed by black cats, walking under ladders, spilling salt or opening umbrellas inside the house. Nikos spent much of his time in the small tavern near where he lived. In the tavern he sat drinking coffee and talking to his friends. Sometimes his friends played dice or cards. Sometimes they played for money. Some of them made bets on horse races or football matches. But Nikos never did. He didnt know much about sport, so he didnt think he could predict the winners. And he absolutely didnt believe in chance or luck or superstition, like a lot of his friends did. One morning Nikos woke up and walked into the bathroom. He started to shave, as he did every morning, but as he was shaving he noticed that the mirror on the bathroom wall wasnt quite straight. He tried to move it to one side, to make it straighter, but as soon as he touched it, the mirror fell off the wall and hit the floor with a huge crash. It broke into a thousand pieces. Nikos knew that some people thought this was unlucky. It is said that broken mirror means Seven years bad luck. But Nikos wasnt superstitious. Nikos wasnt superstitious at all. He didnt care. He thought superstition was nonsense. He picked up the pieces of the mirror, put them in the bin, and finished shaving without a mirror. After that he went into the kitchen to make himself a sandwich to take to work for his lunch. He cut two pieces of bread and put some cheese on them. Then he thought he needed some salt. When he picked up the salt jar, it fell from his hand and broke on the floor. Salt was everywhere. It is said, he knew, that this was also supposed to bring bad luck. But Nikos didnt care. He didnt believe in superstitions. He left the house and went to work. On his way to work he saw a black cat running away from him. He didnt care. He wasnt superstitious. Some builders were working on a house on his street. There was a ladder across the pavement. Nikos thought about walking

around the ladder, but he didnt care, he wasnt superstitious and didnt believe in superstitions, so he walked right underneath the ladder.

Even though Nikos wasnt superstitious, he thought that something bad was certain to happen to him today. He had broken a mirror, spilled some salt, walked under a ladder and seen a black cat running away from him. He told everybody at work what had happened. Something bad will happen to you today! they all said. But nothing bad happened to him. That evening, as usual, he went to the tavern. He told all his friends in the tavern that he had broken a mirror, spilled the salt, seen a black cat running away from him and then walked under a ladder. All his friends in the tavern moved away from him. Something bad will happen to him, they all said, and we dont want to be near him when it happens! But nothing bad happened to Nikos all evening. He sat there, as normal, and everything was normal. Nikos was waiting for something bad to happen to him. But it didnt. Nikos, come and play cards with us! joked one of his friends. Im sure to win! Nikos didnt usually play cards, but tonight he decided to. His friend put a large amount of money on the table. His friend thought Nikos was going to lose. Nikos thought he was going to lose. But it didnt happen like that. Nikos won. Then he played another game, and he won that one too. Then somebody asked him to play a game of dice, and Nikos won that as well. He won quite a lot of money. Go on then Nikos his friends shouted, Use all the money you have won to buy some lottery tickets! Nikos spent all the money he had won on lottery tickets. The draw for the lottery was the next day. The next day after work Nikos went to the tavern again. Everybody was watching the draw for the lottery on TV. The first number came out, for the third prize. It was Nikos number. Then the second number, for the second prize. It was another of Nikos tickets. Then the first prize. It was Nikos number as well. He won all three of the big lottery prizes. It was incredible. It seemed that all the things that people thought caused bad luck actually brought him good luck.