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Students can understand the main idea of the passage and master phrases about location like “on the left”, “on the right”, “in the center of” and so on.
Students can learn to describe their homes using the expressions they’ve learned in the class.
Students can improve their confidence in speaking English after practice and group work.
Key and difficult points
To understand the main idea of the passage and master the following phrases: “on the left”, “on the right”, “in the center of” and so on.
To apply the expressions they’ve learned in the class into practice and improve their confidence in speaking English.
Step 1: Warming-up
2. Play a short video about the Forbidden City and ask students the following questions:
Q1: Where is it?
Q2: Whose home is it?
Q3: How do you describe it in English?
3. Then introduce the topic of this lesson naturally through sharing their answers of the above questions.
Step 2: Presentation
1. Read the passage for students and ask them to find out the main idea. Then invite a volunteer to share his/ her answer.
2. Ask students the following questions:
Q1: Where is the small garden?
Q2: Where is the kitchen?
Q3: Where is the bathroom?
Later, check the answers with students and write down the three phrases: “on the left”, “on the right”, “in the center of” on the blackboard.
3. Teach the pronunciation of the phrases and emphasize the liaison between center and of. Then, teach the meaning of these phrases by using the picture on the book.
4. Give students more expressions such as “turn left”, “tun right” and “center around” and emphasize the different part of speech of the words.
Step 3: Practice
1. Fill in blanks
Give students some sentences and ask them to fill in the blanks with the correct phrases. Then check the answers together.
2. Describe pictures
Give students several pictures and ask students to describe it using the expressions they’ve just learned. Then choose some students to describe these pictures in front of the class by playing a game named Hot Potato.
Step 4: Production
Ask students to work in groups of four and discuss the layout of their homes. 10 minutes will be given for discussion. During their discussion, walk around the classroom and give help if necessary. Then invite some groups to share and give some evaluations.
Step 5: Summary and Homework
Summary: ask students to recall what they have learned together and then invite one student to summarize today’s lesson.
Homework: ask students to make a new design for their homes and try to describe them in English using the expressions they have learned in this class.
1. What are the methods of vocabulary presentation in vocabulary teaching?
The presentation of vocabulary plays an important part in vocabulary teaching. We can mainly present vocabulary in class through picture, stick figure, video, action, facial expression and explanation. To present the words for action, we can use TPR Teaching Method to carry on the teaching in the class and help students to learn effectively. To present the words connected with emotion, we can make facial expressions accordingly. The specific method should be combined with the vocabulary itself, the context as well as the features of students.
2. How do you make a good warming-up?
The warming-up of a lesson is crucial to the whole lesson. To make a good warming-up, we need to ensure that the form of warming-up is novel and the content is related to the new lesson. We can use songs, videos, pictures, stories, free talk and other interesting ways to do it, but if the content is not related to the new lesson, then the warming-up is not a good one. The specific method of warming-up also depends on the content of the material. Therefore, in the future, I will learn from experienced teachers to improve my teaching ability, enrich the forms of warming-up to foster students’ learning interest.