Today in Conversation 8 I had an opportunity to try out a completely PBL (Project Based Learning) style. It was a small class, just Thiago and Takeshi. Instead of going through the lesson in the iBook as it is and doing a standard PPP, I started from the end of the lesson and incorporated each part during one big production stage.
The lesson was from Study it Conversation 8, Unit 2, called 'Where to Eat'. The language point is relative clauses and restaurant vocabulary. After a brief warmup discussing our favourite restaurants, I reviewed the relative clause structure using their examples from the warmup discussion. For example, 'Tim Hortons is a coffee shop + You can buy cheap coffee = Tim Hortons is a coffee shop where you can buy cheap coffee'. They seemed to get it pretty well. Thiago needed to practice the structure a bit, and Takeshi needed to practice the pronunciation and intonation.
Right after that we went to the end of the Final Activity. The activity is a 'Restaurant Review Video', with a brief outline. I showed them an example another student had made, and then broke down the project into segments.
Step 1: Choose a place nearby (they chose What a Bagel)
Step 2: Make a plan (what are they going to do there? Take pictures, interview someone? What are they looking for?)
Step 3: Go to the place and get your footage. Make notes about the atmosphere, prices, etc. (20mins)
Step 4: Plan out the script for the video. (20mins)
Step 5: Using iMovie, plop in the pictures and video and overdub their review. (20mins)
Step 6: Edit + Finishing touches. (5mins)
It's good to note that I had my Notability open and hovered around them the entire time. I didn't let me go off on their own. I hot corrected and made notes based on emergent language (a LOAF of bread) and the language point of the lesson. I also used Notability to record Takeshi while he was reading his script, as his intonation was very flat. The recording really helped him realize the difference intonation can make. It was a good challenge for Thiago, and the recording process made him pay special attention to his pronunciation. When he was put on the spot, he made mistakes he wouldn't make in his writing or with a lot of time to prepare.
You can download the video as an example next time your run into this lesson.
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