TEFL Lesson Plan: Success or Failure???

Here’s a free TEFL lesson plan for you. Feel free to use if you are bit short on planning time! 🙂

Success or Failure


STUDENT HANDOUT
Success or Failure

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS: TO DOWNLOAD, SCROLL DOWN to bottom of page

Step 1: PRESENTING THEME

Project some images/prepare some magazine cutouts/read out some names of famous actors/sports people/authors/TV personalities or anyone that you think your students will consider to be a “success”. Ask what they all have in common. Try to elicit the target word ‘success’ and then ask what is the opposite (failure).

Ask groups to come up with ideas of images that could represent ‘failure’. (Tramps, sb failing an exam/driving test, footballers crying after losing a final etc)
(If you are in a tech’d up classroom, get Ss to find images to put on screen from the school computers/tablets or their own smartphones)

Give Ss time to describe why the images so far represent success or failure

 

Step 2: TARGET VOCAB WITH ARTICLE

Work through the Student Handout

SUCCESS ARTICLE:
a. Get Ss read through quickly and summarise the main message (Do the stuff you need to do and you will be successful)
b. Underline the idiomatic phrases about success (The answers are on page 2 of the handout). Get Ss to check their answers on the next page.
c. Ask Ss which is their favourite idiom/ DOn’t forget to focus on the “failure” phrases, too.
d. Encourage Ss to use the idioms throughout the remainder of the lesson

Q4:
BTW, Hugo Weaving is a famous actor (Agent Smith – The Matrix, Elrond – Lord of the Rings)
a) Dyslexia b) Epilepsy c) OCD

Step 3: VIDEO

Q5:
This is setting up the video viewing…

Stop the film at 19 seconds. Be very careful to get this right!!
Ask Ss “What do you think his job is?”

When you have had class feedback, continue playing to the end.

Q6:
Maybe run with this question a bit more than I have indicated if you feel that your Ss have been inspired/shocked/excited or whatever by the video. If you’re in a ‘magic moment’ with the class, let them flow with it! 🙂
If someone has a strong opinion, make sure you invite quieter class members to agree or disagree with it, if they don’t choose to do so themselves.

 

Step 4:DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Q7 – Q15:
Use these as you wish. Pairs, mini-groups, whole-class mingle, short written answers, prepare a quick ‘in front of class’ speech for one question.

Give class feedback and error correction after activities where you feel it is appropriate.

 

Step 5: INTERVIEW/PRETENDING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE

Activity: An interview with one of the famous ‘successful’ stars/celebrities that has previously been mentioned in your class.
Depending on the size of your class, split into groups
INTERVIEWER GROUP: One group decides on questions they will ask the celebrity.
CELEBRITY GROUP Other group talks about what the celebrity can say about their successes in life so far.

Aim of the activity for Ss is to include as many success/failure idioms in their questions or answers as possible. Interviewer or celebrity that says the most idioms in an appropriate manner “wins” the interview.

Groups practise (not in front of class) interviewing each other.
Chose two Ss (not necessarily partners from before, but just those who seem ‘up for this activity” from your monitoring), one interviewer & one celebrity to do an interview in front of class.

Tell “audience” they have to listen to decide who “wins” the interview: After interview ask whole class who “won” the interview and why. Ss will probably talk about the use of idioms, as in their activity, but expand this to talk about whether the interviewer asked deep, hard-hitting questions/celebrity gave evasive or entertaining answers

 

Step 6:FINISHING OFF

SUCCESS WITH ENGLISH

Get Ss to fill out the table – This is designed to make Ss take ownership of their learning i.e. it;s not just up to the teacher to teach them English, they have to LEARN English!!!
VOCABULARY REVIEW: Make sure you end the lesson with a review of new vocab and maybe any persitent errors that you picked up through monitoring activities and discussions.

HOMEWORK: Set the choice of homework options. Remind Ss the aim is to include new vocab from the lesson!

Enjoy the lesson!
Let me know how it went in the comments section below. Any improvements/modifications welcomed. Thanks!

 
TEACHER HELP SHEET
SUCCESS TEacher Sheet
 

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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