|Secondary: Shakespeare video, audio and quiz tools (Belgium)||3556||53||7/5/2017 11:01:52 AM||http://www.itilt2.eu/Lists/Uploads/editentry.aspx||False||223433297||English||Dutch||Mobile Phone||Listening / Viewing;Literature;Oral Presentation||17-21||Primary||B2 Upper Intermediate||string;#223433297||The aim of these two lessons is to teach the different aspects of Shakespeare’s life and oeuvre. As an introduction they watch a TED talk by Akala, who discusses the similarities between hip hop and Shakespeare’s work. The students then read a text on the characteristics of Shakespearian sonnets in general and Sonnet 116 on true love in particular.
In the next class, students review new vocabulary they have seen previously such as ‘sonnet’ or ‘couplet’ (Quizlet.com). Then, the students watch videos individually on different topics such as Shakespeare’s biography, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, books & films and meter. The students regroup: In the new group every student has listened to a different video. Taking turns, they explain the content of their video to their group members. All group members take notes. At the end of the lesson, the students answer ten questions related to the five videos (Kahoot.it).
As an individual task, students prepare a one-minute pitch on the question: Is Shakespeare still relevant today?||Rich linguistic input;Learners using their own resources||I thought the build-up of the lesson was good. The lesson series involved reading, speaking, writing and listening activities.
Having students record themselves is a nice way to practise oral skills. However, some students copied text from the internet and used the information in their audio recording, instead of giving their own opinion. I would make them aware of the fact that this is plagiarism. Perhaps I would add more information about creating a good convincing pitch as well.
||Creating the one-minute pitch was a useful and motivating learning experience. I didn't realise that a pitch is so difficult to make. When I was doing the exercise I realised that I talk a lot but not always about the topic itself.||string;#https://player.vimeo.com/video/224291352|