How much of a lesson can you get out of a supermarket receipt…?
Here's one that might sound a bit weird but seemed to work quite well when Kim tried it out in an adults post-First Certificate class, who had been doing a coursebook unit in which various "enviroment" themes had come up.
It required the learners to keep any supermarket receipts (!) and bring them to a subsequent class: They then had to defend what they'd purchased, from an environmental point of view, in a mock trial (I told you it might seem a bit weird 😉 !)
Rough outline of the lesson
Class one (Friday)
- Learners were asked to keep and bring to class any supermarket receipts
- Discussion and photos, and comments on what they were buying and how "ecological" it was, via a WhatsApp group
Class two (the following Friday)
- Preparation time (15 mins): preparing the questions (amount of packaging…? how much meat…? how far the food had traveled from source…? etc), some of which had already come up in earlier classes and/or in the WhatsApp discussion; in order to have a "case" and a "defence" ready for "the trial"
- Role play the trial (10 mins): Team A = 2 defendants plus 2 lawyers vs Team B = 1 judge; 1 prosecution lawyer; 1 assistant prosecutor; 1 star witness
- Role play 2 (10 mins), with the roles reversed
- Sentencing (5 mins)
- Discussion (15 mins)
Ideally, of course, you'd have the receipts in English, but Kim got round that one by having the prosecutors requiring the defendants to provide the translations during questioning.
No technology whatsoever involved in the actual class but fun, and not a photocopy in sight!