Day 6 (term 3): Scripts and transcripts

I've always believed we can get more out of listening texts if we get students to focus on things in the transcripts after they've listened. So I used the transcript of the Beyond listening from the last class as an FCE-style word-building task today, and they listened again to check answers. Listening again with the transcript really helps students, I think. You can see that 'Ok, that's what they said!' look on their faces. I suspect those moments signal a real development in their listening skills.

Illustration: Owl hall (macmillan)

Illustration: Owl hall (macmillan)

In the Owl Hall phase of the class, I wanted to do something different, so instead of students reading Chapters 6 and 7 along to the audio track, I got them to listen to the 'soundtrack' of the chapters that are available at OneStopEnglish. This involves students hearing the dialogue only, and in the case of Chapter 7, the sound effects of a bad dream that the protagonist has. This was great for speculation, and for the growing realisation that something very strange is going on. Their homework is to read the same chapters to get a more complete picture of what happened.

In the last part of the class we finished watching Nosedive, the first episode of Season 3 of Black Mirror. Like Owl Hall, it hasn't failed to keep their attention. The theme is highly relevant to their world, and it's full of issues to discuss. One student told me she'd already watched till the end ... in English! This was really satisfying, as part of the reason for bringing series to class is to show students that they can understand real English, and to encourage them to watch things in English beyond the class. If you want to watch Nosedive with your students, you can find my worksheet here.