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Speaking: Inventions

The main objective is speaking fluency, but also comparative and superlative adjectives and modal verbs of speculation (could be, might be…)

Time: 90 minutes

Age: teenagers or adults

Level: intermediate +

Materials: List of important inventions (worksheet 1) and Japanese ‘chindogu’ pictures and descriptions (worksheets 2 and 3)

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Quite, Nick 2. The production phase is always create your own chundogu

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  • This lesson is fantastic, thank you so much. I did it with a one-on-one student and we filled about 75 minutes, and I also did it with a class, and it raised much debate! It filled about 90mins. I also added a few more images that I found online, and some discussion questions.

    Thanks for uploading it, much appreciated.

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  • I did this lesson yesterday with a group of teenagers and it lasted about an hour and twenty minutes. But that was with the extension activity - which I think is integral.
    I asked my class to brainstorm some inventions of their own then choose the best one and do a presentation pitching that invention to the class. They had to come up with a name, a slogan then draw it on the white board and explain the basic idea. I made the rest of the class rate each one of the inventions out of 5 in 4 different categories: "Is it unique? Is it convenient? Is it innovative? Is it creative?"
    I think this is a great lesson, my students found the inventions in the plan really funny and they were very enthused to make their own.

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  • How could you stretch this lesson to 90min!?
    ..More like 25, if that.

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