Do your teenage students relate to your English lessons?
The key to having students relate to your lesson is to pick a good topic for them, not necessarily one that you find interesting! For example if your students are at the stage where they are choosing a university or futher education, then this would be a relevant topic for them. Try this game with your students:
Choosing a university from a list of six (British or American).
What are the criteria you consider when choosing a university? For some the nightlife in the town and the size of the city or town might be important, others will only be focused on the course content for their future career. There are other elements such as whether the university is also well-known for sports or music, and whether it’s in a beautiful place. Will students have to live at home and therefore can only go the university in their home town…and so on.
The game is called ‘Persuasion’ and could be played by choosing six students to act as the “University Directors”, who are all trying to recruit as many “students” as possible from the rest of the class. They will use their best powers of persuasion to encourage the “students” to enrol in their University. The Director who recruits the most students wins!
Try this link to help you with descriptive words and phrases about the top 5 UK universities!
To use the game with other examples, first pick a topic that is relevant to your B1 students (in accordance with their ages and interests), then find a resource to use for words, facts and phrases about that topic. You could have travel agents trying to get tourists to holiday in particular countries, or how about shopkeepers trying to sell their latest produce to shoppers? All of these examples will involve utilising descriptive words and vocabulary, and can really help to engage your class using real-life situations that they may face in the near future!
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