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1 Main Events Teachers: Helen-Sabina Aptroaie, Petru Zpodeanu Date: 14th October 2011 Grade: 7th No of students: 21 Time:

50 Level: Upper-intermediate Textbook: English Scrapbook Lesson: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Type of lesson: acquiring new vocabulary; practicing reading comprehension and communication skills, revision of quantifiers Skills: reading, speaking, writing Purpose: The lesson is intended to make the Ss able to read text written in the target language and to translate into their native language, through emphasis on vocabulary and grammar. Didactic Strategies: Methods: Grammar-Translation Method. Techniques: translation of a literary passage, reading comprehension questions, antonyms / synonyms, fill-in-the-blank, composition. Organization: individual work, pair-work Materials: worksheets, notebook, blackboard Objectives: O1. to create a communicative and interactive environment O2. to approach language from a deductive point of view through translation from the target language into the mother tongue. O3. to practice reading comprehension O4. to answer questions about the text O5. to write a short summary of the text O6. to find antonyms or synonyms for certain words Timing: 50

PROCEDURE Warm-up Speaking The T greets the Ss and they greet the T back. Interaction: T-Ss Timing: 1

Lead-in Speaking

Interaction: T-Ss

Timing: 4

O1. to create a communicative and interactive environment The T states the objectives and the subject matter of the lesson, raising the Ss curiosity this way. Then the T asks the Ss if heroes exist, telling them to define the term hero and to give examples of heroes, stating why that person is a hero, according to their opinion. Then the T asks if the Ss have ever met a hero and to say what that person did to obtain the title.

Activity 1: Translation Reading language into the mother tongue.

Interaction: T-Ss

Timing: 10

O2. . to approach language from a deductive point of view through translation from the target The T names Ss in order for them to read aloud two sentences from the text The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle from the given worksheet. After each S has read, they are told to translate the sentences into Romanian. Ss are advised not to translate idioms and phrases literally, but rather in a way that points to the fact that they have understood the meaning of the sentences. 2

3 Whenever an unknown word is encountered, that respective word is written on the board, along with its meaning in Romanian. The Ss are supposed to write the new words in their note-books as well.

Activity 2: Reading Comprehension Questions Speaking, writing O3. to practise reading comprehension O6. to answer questions about the text

T-Ss

Timing: 9

In order to make sure that the Ss have understood what the text is about, the T starts asking questions about the text. She names different Ss to answer the questions. Those who answers are supposed to do it in full sentences, trying to use as much of the vocabulary encountered in the text as possible. At the same time, Ss have to selfcorrect if necessary, with only a slight intervention from the T, and only when needed.

Then the Ss are asked to write down on their given sheet of paper the unknown words which are explained by the teacher in order to be memorized and after that they are required to identify the main characters and the main events.

Activity 3: Antonyms / Synonyms Speaking

Interaction: T-Ss

Timing: 9

O7. to find antonyms or synonyms for certain words The T writes a list of words on the board and tells the Ss that they have to find the contextual synonyms of those words in the text. The words are: outlaw,shaft, yeomen, bout, cudgel. Another list of words is written on the board for which the Ss are supposed to supply with antonyms. The words taken from the text are: dwelled, stout, prize, youth, merry. Activity 4: Language Acquisition Interaction: T-Ss, S-S Timing: 5 O4. to practice new vocabulary so as to be able to use it appropriately in sentences 3

4 Each S is required to make up sentences with 5 of the words that have been discussed In this way, the T makes sure that the Sss comprehension of the text is fulfilled. After they have finished completing it individually, the Ss are to check their answers in pairs, together with their desk-mate.

Activity 5: Grammar in a nutshell

Interaction: T-Ss, S-S

Timing: 10

Each S is required to fill-in-the-blanks with the correct word that designates a quantifier. At the same time, Ss have to self-correct if necessary, with only a slight intervention from the T, and only when needed.

Follow-up: Homework Composition

Interaction: T-Ss

Timing: 2

The T tells the Ss that they are supposed to write a short summary of the text, using the ideas listed under the heading Main Events in which they are supposed to use as much of the new words or their synonyms as possible.