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Lesson Plan on "English as a world language"

A teaching sequence of seven lessons for a grade 11 of the German gymnasium about creating wiki entries focussing on the topic "English as a world language"
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Leo W.

on 28 June 2010

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Transcript of Lesson Plan on "English as a world language"

English as a world language
A wiki project for grade 11

the unit consists of 7 lessons goals:

familiarising the students with the importance of English as a world language
allowing students to find information on the internet autonomously
collaborate on Pirate Pad
teaching students how to create wiki entries 1. Short revision of the text “English in the 21st century“ (vocabulary clear? questions?) (3 min)

2. Brainstorming about the topic “English as a world language“ using a mind map (4 min)

3. Collecting basic information on Pirate Pad by answering provided questions (20 min)



1. Text “English in the 21st century“ is too long and too complicated for grade 11

2. Brainstorming is not really a brainstorming if students have already read the text

3. Pirate Pad might take more time than allocated

4. There is too much content for one lesson

5. Students might not be prepared for researching on the internet and working with unknown vocabulary

6. There is very little focus on language overall

7.Lesson 2 should be devoted to Pirate Pad Suggestions and comments 1. Welcoming and discussing questions about homework (5 min)

2. Gathering and structuring information for wiki-entry (80 min)

3. Questions about ongoing work (5 min)

1. A lesson devoted to the introduction to working on a wiki should be added.

2. The homework should be changed to something focussing on language.

3. Lessons 2 and 3 should become lessons 3 and 4. Suggestions and comments 1. Welcoming and answering open questions (5 min)

2. Structuring and formatting wiki entry (80 min)

3. Questions about ongoing work (5 min)
1. Lessons 4 and 5 should become lessons 5 and 6.

2. Apart from that, it's all very good! :) Suggestions and comments Conclusions 1. The text is too difficult and useless without a proper task
-> leave out the text, begin unit with
brainstorming Our new lesson plan Lesson 1

1. Brainstorming about “English as a world language“ (10 min)

2. Collecting information on the internet on Pirate Pad with questions provided (20 min)

3. Short summary of the findings (8 min)

4. Discussion: What tools are there on the internet for looking up words and finding synonyms?

5. Homework: Filling in a table with vocabulary related to the topic Lesson 2

1. Revision of homework: vocabulary table (15 min)

2. What is a wiki? Reading handout “How to wiki“ (10 min)

3. Trying out the functions of the class' online wiki with specific tasks (10 min)

4. Finding groups and choosing topics for the following lessons (10 min)
Lessons 3 and 4

1. Welcoming and discussing questions in general (5 min)

2. Gathering and structuring information for wiki entry (80 min)

3. Questions about ongoing work (class discussion, 5 min)
Lessons 5 and 6

1. Welcoming and answering open questions (5 min)

2. Structuring and formatting wiki entry (80 min)

3. Questions about ongoing work (5 min)
1. Welcoming and setting the scene (5 min)
2. Group presentations (35 - 75 min)
3. Feedback on content and method (10 min) 1. Longer presentations to practice speaking skills

2. Feedback for each presentation

3. Homework: revising articles before grading Suggestions and comments We spoke to an English teacher from the Martin-Luther-Schule Marburg. She uses videos, films, overhead transparencies and Powerpoint presentations in her lessons. ! 4. Short presentation and discussion of the findings (8 min)

5. Introduction to wiki project and the structure of the following lessons using the handout “How to wiki“ (5 min)

6. Division into groups, finding topics, discussing structure of individual wiki entry in groups (5 min)

7. Homework: reading wiki worksheet, finding information on group's chosen topic 2. The first lesson is too full, more time needs to be allocated for introducing and learning to work with the wiki
-> extra lesson focussing on wiki 3. there is very little focus on language and students may not know how to find translations and synonyms on the web
-> discussion of online tools such as online
dictionaries and thesaurus
-> homework: task asking students to find
synonyms, translations and paraphrases
for vocabulary relevant to topic 4. there is very little time for speaking (focus on writing) 5. students should be allowed to revise their articles after the feedback English as a world language

A wiki project for grade 11 Lesson 1: Introduction to the topic “English as a world language“
Lessons 2 and 3: Working on the wiki entries

Lessons 4 and 5: Putting finishing touches on the wiki entries

Lesson 6: Presentations and feedback Lessons 7 and 8

1. Welcoming and setting the scene (5 min)

2. Group presentations with feedback (70 min)

3. Feedback on content and method (15 min)

Homework: Revising articles before grading
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