Your English 18bis Free Lesson Plan "Honesty” LC with (Oral/Written) Worksheets
“Honesty” versus “lying” is a big issue in the news today. There are so many times when people are simply dishonest, and they expect us to believe whatever they say. Examples can be found in presidential campaigns, in the disclosure of flagrant doping in sports, and in the way the media transforms the truth to suit their needs. This is w an excellent, timeless topic of discussion.
I suggest that teachers make use of two podcasts from the "Your English” Series (Nos. 18 and 19) as an introduction to this discussion. There is a written fill-in worksheet and also two pages for oral pair work that will make everyone in the class work actively speaking the structures included in the listening comprehension. Teachers who have already worked with “The Iceberg Project” will recognize the pedagogical strategy that is used here. Others will learn a technique that will get the whole class speaking at the same time.These written materials from the book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book (DVD & Downloadable Versions are offered free of charge on this page in the hope that teachers will make good use of them for lively discussions.
New version of listening comprehension “Honesty”
The original narrative (that was originally found on the page “Listening Comprehensions”) has been divided into two parts with an introduction and a listen-and-repeat section for each part. There are also "opinion" questions in the recording that students can take down in dictation and prepare orally or silently after completing each part.
These exercises are appropriate for all levels from A2 to C1—thus good for mixed level classes. The oral files can be used in labs, in class (on smart phones or other mobile devices) or as "oral" homework wherever students have access to to the Internet.
Two podcasts from "Your English" on "Honesty"
So now you can use these two podcasts:
- "Honesty" - entire text with fill-ins and vocabulary explained in English:
- You can download the audio files here or go to iTunes, type my name "Marianne Raynaud", and get the whole series of "Your English".
There is a new format for the worksheet/key
As many teachers have to deal with fairly large classes with 20 or more students, I thought it might be good to have them work on the listening comprehension in pairs using an oral worksheet—after working with the recorded version once or twice on their own. This is also a different way of working on listening comprehension "orally" instead of just using a gap-fill grid.
One recto-verso paper for part one
After playing the recording of part one to the class (or reading it aloud yourself), you hand out one recto-verso paper (worksheet number one below) to each pair of students. They take turns being the "teacher", i.e. they read the text aloud (without letting their partner see the text), they do the listen-and-repeat part having their partner repeat, and then they ask the sort of questions we teachers tend to ask the whole class.
On the paper the questions to be asked by the “student teacher” are printed with (in parentheses) some words that the “student” should be using in the answer. Again the “student teacher” is instructed not to show the paper to his to her partner.
The teacher will have to walk around to see and hear whether the students are speaking correctly, but I can assure you that they will all be active and they will enjoy this activity much more than having the teacher put the questions to the whole class and answering one after another.
A short list of debate questions
There is an additional page (below), which the teacher should not print out or give to the students. It a page of advice. It also has the short list of debate questions found at the end of the recording (Podcast 18) that the teacher can write on the board or project to the class. I strongly suggest that before discussing these questions in pair work the students should change partners. These activities (reading, easy questions and then debate questions) should take about 30 minutes, after which the teacher may decide to open up the discussion to the whole class—in that case please look at my suggestions on the "Questions for Debate" page.
Part 2 of "Honesty" on a different day<-plus memory work
Personally, I think it is advisable to do "Honesty Part 2" on a different day. The students should first be asked to memorize part one and be ready to recite it to a partner at the next session. If they seem reluctant, tell them that this narrative is full of exactly the type of expressions that are on international tests and that they will be reciting it to a partner and not in front of the whole class. That should reassure and motivate them. I would like to point out that all the verbs in part one are in the simple present (giving opinions and information) and all the verbs in part two are in the simple past (telling what happened). So this narrative provides practice with useful structures and very important tenses.
The assignment (below) now includes a question about WikiLeaks and another one about the banking crisis. The students need not write about Julian Assange or the world’s economy. These are just two of the options to choose from. This assignment can be given at the end of the first class or at the end of the second session depending on whether you want the students to prepare ahead of time for their discussions.
One recto-verso paper for part two & debate questions
During the second class you put the students in pairs. First they recite part one to each other—very important. Second they listen to the recording of part two (or you read it aloud yourself). Then you give out the worksheet for part two (below), and they start the different exercises leading up the debate questions that you project or write on the board. It is best to ask the students to change partners for this second pair work activity.
Groups of three or four to "talk" about their essays
At the end of the second session instead of having a whole class discussion, this time you can ask the students to get up, form different groups of three or four, and (while they are standing) "talk" about what they wrote in their assigned essays. But they must leave their papers on their desks to avoid any reading.
Reading and correcting their partner’s essay
To finish the class you can have them read their partner’s essay and try to find any mistakes. These mistakes should be corrected of course by the authors themselves. The students can raise their hands, and ask you questions directly as you walk around the classroom. Tell them that they should ask you if they have any doubts. Chances are you will have fewer mistakes to correct when you get home with the essays.
The assignment after the second session should be to learn that second part by heart and to write the essay—if you did not have them do it after the first session.
Great success with this theme
I have always had great success with this theme of "honesty", which today seems just as valid and up-to-date as in the past. With the lesson plan mentioned above, all the students will be participating actively and will wind up expressing their ideas far more than when the teacher asks them to express their personal opinion in front of everyone else.
I’d love some feedback
I would really enjoy getting some feedback from teachers using these podcasts and worksheets. Just write to Marianne Raynaud. You can also contact me if you have any questions.
All the files are available in MS Word/Doc
If you purchase my digital book (see below), you will get all these files in MS Word. Then you’ll be able to customize them, i.e. add vocabulary in your students’ native language, additional explanations or instructions like the due date of the essay assignment. Teachers who buy the book say they are overwhelmed by the quantity of excellent materials. In fact there are hundreds of activities (with audio and video).
Effective teaching materials
If you are looking for effective teaching materials, read about QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book on a DVD, which includes timeless recordings, a selection of scripts and worksheets from our different series plus more than 1,500 other files (MS Word, MP3, PPT and video).