As everybody knows, the World Cup, which will be held here in Brazil this year, is approaching and lots of discussion seems to be naturally emerging in our classrooms. It’s fascinating to see how people hold widely divergent views about this issue no matter their age or gender. Having this in mind, I decided to put together a lesson in which my students would have the chance to speak their minds and I would just sit down and listen to them.

Before I start, it’s important to say that this sequence of activities may be unrealistic depending on the amount of time you have per class. However, you can always adapt these files to suit your classes as well as possible. The level of your students should also be taken into account. Pre-intermediate and higher levels should be fine and... Here we go.

01. Divide students into A & B and ask them to sit back to back. One of the students should be looking at the board.

02. Student A looks at the board, reads the instructions and performs the task.

03. Students swap places and now B looks at the board, reads the instructions and performs the task.

04. After they have finished, elicit from the whole group what the connection between both photos might be. Write down students’ ideas. PS: These two photos, which were used in 02 and 03, were taken from the two videos that will be used in this lesson. It was funny to watch the reaction of my students when they watched these videos and saw where the images they had described came from.

05. Show this logo and explain to students that this is the connection. They might not understand at first, but they are likely to as the other activities go on.

06. In pairs, students talk about these four questions. Remind them to expand as much as possible, explaining why they have the opinions they have and so on. This is something I see most of my students struggling with because they usually go for whatever is simpler, so they end up giving very limited responses.

07. Collect feedback. Ask them if they mostly agreed or disagreed with their partners and why.

08. Ask your students to stand up. Explain that you’ll read some sentences and they have to move to the left or to the right according to their opinions. If they agree, for example, they go to the right. If they don’t, however, they go to the left. PS: I have a list with 10 sentences about sports which I use here. You may want to write sentences which are more realistic to your students. Some of my sentences were: “Football is the best sport ever”, “Doing sports keep your mind alert”, “Having the World Cup in Brazil is a very good idea”, etc.

09. Divide your students into two groups, A and B. If you have a very big one, you should have more groups in order to have everybody engaged, working and participating. You could have 3 groups A and 3 groups B, for instance. A will be responsible for the advantages of having the World Cup here in Brazil and Group B for the disadvantages.

10. Get feedback from all the groups.

11. Tell your students they are going to watch a video and they have to pay close attention to it in order to add more ideas to their lists.

12. Play the video. If you use the interactive white-board and ActivPrimary or ActivInspire along with it, download the file and click on the square to open the YouTube page. If you don’t, go to this page. Students watch the video and write more ideas. Depending on the level, you should allow some time for them to do this after the video finishes.

13. Feedback. Ask them if more ideas were added and what they are.

14. Carry out a discussion: “Do you agree with the video?”, “Is there anything which particularly drew your attention?”, “Would you like to add anything to it?”, etc.

15. Show this picture, the title “We Are One” and ask students what they think it means. I’m sure they will have a lot of different ideas and opinions. The more, the merrier. Ask them if they agree with the title or not and if they actually see the world as one or not.

16. Tell your students they are going to listen to a song, which is the official one for this World Cup. Before actually listening, hand out a copy of the song activity I’ve prepared for this lesson and ask them to do number 01. After they finish, ask them to compare it in pairs. As part 01 is very fast, tell your students not to worry because it will be repeated a lot of times. If you use the interactive white-board and ActivPrimary or ActivInspire along with it, download the file and click on the square to open the YouTube page. If you don’t, go to this page. When students listen to the song for the first time, make sure they don’t see the video. After they have listened to it twice, correct the activity and show the video clip after asking them to watch it critically.

17. Ask them what they thought about the video clip.

18. Show 06 comments, from real people, which have been taken from the YouTube page. Point out that these comments are both in English and in Portuguese and they do have some mistakes, but the idea here is to focus on the message rather than on accuracy. Allow some time for your students to read the comments and discuss them in pairs. After a while, carry out a discussion in open class. PS: I removed the original faces and names. 

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That’s it. I really hope you and your students like it. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Sharing is always welcome.

1 Response so far.

  1. OMG!! I absolutely loved your blog!
    You are awesome Du! I think this is so creative and a fun activity for the students too.
    I hope i can benefit from this one day as a english teacher.
    Priscila Deó

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