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Volunteering English Lesson Poland

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  • 1. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. LESSON PLAN School subject: English Lesson subject:Mr Happy Man Topic/Concept:Happiness, sharing, helping, volunteering Language level:Upper-intermediate (B2.1) - Advanced (C1) Time:90 minutes Language: vocabulary used in descriptions, talking about feelings, emotions, values Activity:Speaking, writing and watching a short film and a video Materials: A3 paper (1 per group/table), short film, video and discussion quotes Objectives: 1. Students practise speaking, listening and improve vocabulary concerning the concept of HAPPINESS, PHILANTHROPY, VOLUNTEERING 2. Studentstalk about aspects of finding happiness in unconditional love towards others, “serving” others, volunteering 3. Students get moresensitised, thoughtful, conscious, they learn about appreciating the value of mutual help, support Procedure: Activity 1: Teacher shows students the photo below and asks them to describe the man and to speculate about the range of topics the picture may invoke. Students share their ideas with the rest of groupmates/classmates. http://filmenglish.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/mr-happy-man-post1.jpg
  • 2. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Activity 2: Teacher tells students that they are going to watch a short film called Mr Happy Man about the man from the picture, Johnny Barnes. Students are put into groups of three or four and when asked the questions below, their task is to fill in the worksheets prepared beforehand: Why do you think Johnny is so happy? What do you think you will see in this film? What do you think people will say about him? What do you think he will say is the secret of happiness? After five minutes, teacher gets feedback from the whole class. Activity 3: Students watch the film and compare their answers in activity 2 to what they see and hear in the film. They present their completed notes and share with the others what they found the most surprising and astounding about the story from the video. http://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/36673515 Activity 4: Teacher gives students the documents with quotes from Johnny about happiness and love. Students in the same groups as previously, discuss the quotes. http://pl.scribd.com/doc/87015622/Mr-Happy-Man-Discussion-Quotes Activity 5: Teacher asks students to prepare a spidergram showing their understanding or secret of happiness, extended through watching the story of Mr Happy Man.
  • 3. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Activity 6: Teacher tells students that they’re going to watch a video which is a mash-up of clips from experts from various disciplines talking about the secret of happiness.Students are asked to compare their sentences about the secret of happiness with what the experts say. Students’ task is to grasp the opinions, which they haven’t mentioned in their idea of happiness. http://vimeo.com/3686182 Activity 7: Students reflect on what they’ve seen. Lesson evaluation: On the other side of the paper with their notes, students prepare an image, a new perspective of volunteering, philanthropy, helping, supporting others (in whichever form they prefer- picture, mindmap, definition) based on their reflections from the lesson. They hang their works in the classroom. Follow -up/homework: Students arewrite a composition titled The Rise of Volunteering. They are asked to try to use some of the vocabulary and expressions they’ve come across in the lesson. Lesson plan based on the idea and videos found on: http://film-english.com/2012/03/28/mr-happy-man/

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