Kel wrote:Just taught this five times today and thought I'd add some thoughts in case anyone is interested- was a lot of preparation and a lot of activities crammed into one lesson but definitely worth it!
The students liked the video although trying to guess the speaker's nationality was a bit beyond them!Worked well as a way of demonstrating accents and introducing the concept of different words for the same thing in the same language.
We made the last activity a bit easier by first playing a "guess what's in the box" game with both my JTE and I describing objects to get the students used to the "It's something you..." format of sentences. We also put the pictures that were on the cards on the board with magnets and the Japanese word in case the students got stuck. There were 12 cards in all and no pair finished in the set time, but they seemed to enjoy trying to describe things in English. First time I have seen every student trying their best. (Best/strangest overheard description of the day: for subway/tube: "It's something you can use for suicide..."?!)
Matching the British English and American English words was a little harder. They usually knew the American word and made some attempts at guessing the British ones but often mixed the two up (especially principal/head teacher for some reason...). We gave them an answer sheet at the end because there was no time to check answers as a class. The sheet also had some example descriptive sentences by each word.
Sorry for the essay, but thought this could be useful for people wanting to teach a lesson on this!
That sounds great!
For my lesson I gave them a brief and bad drawing filled explanation of why English is so different around the world. Then had them name as many English speaking countries as they could. I told them more and told them there were many many more they were shocked.
Then We played Dialect Jeopardy. They had a great time. It was more about opening their eyes than teaching it and I think it went over really well.