Day 3 (Term 1): Hurricanes

During the week students posted names in the news on Edmodo. These included Barcelona (awarded the Olympics 30 years ago), Marc Màrquez (after his third MotoGP world championship), and Bob Dylan - see the screen shot. Hacerse el Sueco literally means 'behave like a Swede', which is ironic considering the people who chose him!

The class kicked off with a look at some common errors from the students' homework. I then got them to self-correct some of the errors in their own work. There's disagreement about the benefits of this, but I've always found it engages students. They ask questions and this provides the opportunity for some individual attention. My feeling is that it gives them more in return for their effort than simply handing back a corrected composition.

The main focus of the class was hurricanes. The Reading for Unit 1 in Beyond is all about them, so I started by getting students to pool their current knowledge and see if they could answer any of the questions on the SB page. (Answers below.)
1 What’s the origin of the word ‘hurricane’?
2 Where do hurricanes form?
3 How long have men’s names been used for hurricanes?


During the reading task we worked on subskills (strategies) for quickly finding specific information in a text. Developing subskills is is a regular feature in Beyond, the aim being to get students to adapt how they read or listen to to the type of information they want from a text. Their Edmodo task will be a short post about a major hurricane from the past - an opportunity to put the skill into action again.

For this week’s song I chose Elastic Heart, by Sia from the class’ suggestions. The worksheet (click to see) has a focus on collocations.

(Hurricane answers: 1 It’s believed to have its roots in the word Hurakan, an ancient Mayan storm god. 2 Over warm waters in the Atlantic, sometimes off the coast of Africa. 3 Since 1979. Before that only women’s names were used.)