unit 2 english around the world (reading)
unit 2 english around the world
reading the road to modern english
period 1: a sample lesson plan for reading
(the road to modern english)
to talk about varieties of english
to read about the history of english language
i. warming up
1. warming up by answering a questionnaire
1). tell the students they are going to answer a questionnaire about why they are learning english.
2). write the words: reasons for learning a foreign language on the center of the board:
3). ask the students to suggest as many reasons as they can think of, for example, for work, as a hobby, to learn about other people, to travel, to read literature in the original, to read research papers, to meet foreigners, to surf the internet, to pass exams, etc. write their suggestions on the board as they make them.
4). divide the class into pairs.
5). give out each student one questionnaire paper.
6). explain the task. the students must question each other about their language learning needs (or motivations). tell them that you are going to take in the questionnaires at the end, and that you’d like them to make clear notes. it works better if the two partners swap tasks (questions and answers) after each section of the questionnaire. if they wait till the end to swap, one student may use up all the time available.
7). when the task is finished, ask a couple of students to summarize their partners’ answers. (this may develop into a class discussion about language needs).
8). the students write five sentences on their feeling about learning english.
9). collect the questionnaires.
needs analysis questionnaire
present use: situations and skills
reading (faxes, letters & reports)
listening & speaking (telephoning, meetings, negotiations, public speaking, socializing)
writing (faxes, letters & reports)
future use: expectations & ambitions
2. further applying
to get the students thinking about the topic of the reading passage.
1). have a student list on the board all the english-speaking countries in the world that they can think of.
2). give the students hints about the places they haven’t mentioned.
3). provide the students with an opportunity to think about the reasons for the spread of english around the world.
★ english is one of the official languages of the olympic games and the united nations.
★ english dominates international websites and provides nearly all of the new computer terminology.