Instead of blaming my teenage students I prefer using their "bad habit" to make them improve their English, especially their speaking skills.
A few months ago I published a post about how to use the Internet and Facebook to engage teenage students, today I'd like to share with you a lesson plan which might useful if your students are fond of social networking apps.
1) Warm-up: Write the following questions on the board
- Do you have a smartphone, PC, I-pod, I-pad?
- What social networks do you know?
- What do you use social networks or apps for?
Students ask and answer the questions in pairs.
TIP: Monitor students to check they are on the task and at the end of the activity ask some students randomly what their partner have told them. (It's a chance to practice the"s" of the third person singular)
ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY: If you have a small ball like this
2) Show students this logotype
and ask them if they know which social network it stands for.
If they know it you can go to step 3 if they don't you can play the hangman like this
3) Prediction: Before showing students this infographic about Anomo (I took it from Metro.uk),
write down these numbers on the board (I chose them to practice their pronunciation). In groups of 3 students predict in which way they refer to Anomo.
9 out of 10
Then hand out the infographic and ask them to check whether their predictions were correct or not.
4) Now focus students' attention on the expressions:
- ICE-BREAKER GAME
Then they fold and put them in a plastic bag. Now shake the bag and ask a student to pick up a paper. S/he will answer a question and decide who will be the next one to reply.
At the end of the lesson students will have:
- practiced the question forms,
- improved their speaking skill,
- enhanced their rapport with each other.
If you try this lesson plan, please let me know your feedback.