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TED-ASSISTED SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH LESSON

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by Abram Jones | 22 Nov 2016
Resource Description: This is a lesson plan appropriate for advanced learners of English and is especially applicable to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classrooms. In this case, the specific purpose is the fields of science and technology, areas in which students engaging with this lesson would be interested. The lesson uses TED talks to stimulate interest in the topic and build student confidence in perception and production of complex scientific words. 
Audience: University
Audience Language Proficiency: Advanced
Duration: One hour
Language Skill: Reading, Vocabulary, Listening
Content Area: Science and Technology
Materials and Technology: Whiteboard and markers. 
Objective(s): Reading, Vocabulary, Listening
Outcome(s): The lesson uses TED talks to stimulate interest in the topic and build student confidence in perception and production of complex scientific words. 
Procedure:

The lesson makes use of a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk by the software engineer Jinha Lee. Students are instructed and expected to watch the talk before coming to class in what could be called a Learn Before Lecture (LBL) requirement. Jinha Lee is not a first-language (L1) English speaker, and has a prominent accent. This makes the watching of the video an exercise in reception. Students are made to understand that many of their colleagues at international conferences will also have accents, and that by listening to speakers of different varieties of English they will learn to apprehend the phonemes that presenters produce. Students watch the talk with English subtitles the first time that they see it.

Assessment:

An example of a unit assessment is included below.

 

DIRECTIONS: For each vocabulary term, provide (1) the Part of Speech and (2) a definition

EXAMPLE: 0. Luminary: (Noun) A person who has attained eminence in their field.

1. Actuated: (___)________________________________

2. Sense: (___)________________________________

3. Liberation: (___)________________________________

4. Choreographer: (___)________________________________

5. Tangibly: (___)________________________________

Differentiation: Replacing Jinha Lee's talk with another one more appropriate to your audience would quickly adapt this lesson to your specific needs. 
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TESOL Interest Section: English for Specific Purposes, Higher Education