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Young inventors

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Science, technology, and environment

  • 75 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2


Learning goals:

  • Be able to understand an authentic video talking about new inventions
  • Understand and use words and phrases for talking about inventions and problem-solving
  • Develop problem-solving skills in the context of inventions

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly describe the gist of an authentic video about a young inventor
  • Correctly answer comprehension questions about the video, and what you can infer from it
  • Identify the correct definitions for new vocabulary based on their use in the video
  • Design and present a solution to a given problem
  • Share opinions and information about young people, inventions, and science

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Discuss the questions and guess the best answer for each.


Teacher notes

The aim of the activity is to introduce the topic of inventions, and in particular things that were invented by young people.
The aim of this activity is to stimulate discussion. It is not important if students do not know the answers. Conduct the activity as a quick quiz in pairs or groups, then ask which answers surprised students the most. Ask if students know any more about the inventions or inventors.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

In a pair or group, think about the problem your teacher assigns to you and discuss the questions about it. Then share your new solution with the class.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge about the process of invention. It will help prepare them for the Listen activities. It also gives them a chance to conduct a similar activity to the tasks in Plan and produce.

 

Watch 1

Watch 1

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Watch the video and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the gist and some details of an authentic video interview where a young girl explains her invention.
For this activity, students will watch the first 51 seconds of the video. They may watch it twice. Students can use what they see and can guess about the situation, as well as what they hear, in order to answer the questions.

 

Watch 2

Watch 2

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the reference material 'Inferring in listening'. Then watch the rest of the video and answer the questions. You will need to make inferences for some of the answers.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check understanding of details and inferences from the rest of the video. Students can consult the reference material on inferring in listening.
Students should now listen to the rest of the audio and try to answer the questions. Have them briefly discuss their answers in pairs or small groups before submitting.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Study the key language in bold. Then match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to define some useful language from the video. Understanding of this vocabulary should not have been essential to answering the questions in Watch 2.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Complete the text about Louis Braille with the correct form of the words in the key language. There is one word that you do not need.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to complete a text about Louis Braille with vocabulary from the Language activity.
Remind students that they will need to change the forms of several of the words to correctly fill in the gaps.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about inventions more generally and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the topic of the video according to their own opinions and experiences.
For Question 3, if students are having difficulty thinking of an example, ask them about recent novelties, like selfie sticks or fidget spinners.

 

Plan and produce

Plan and produce

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to develop the students' problem-solving skills as they collaborate to come up with a solution to an issue chosen by their peers.
For the second stage, decide how groups should exchange their ideas. Each group should end up with another group's problem.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about young people and science, and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the wider topic of children, young people, and science.
Suggested answers
Students will answer according to their opinions, but in relation to Question 1, it has been reported that creative or lateral thinking abilities decline with age. In this sense, children may have a distinct advantage over adults when it comes to inventions.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson, questions they still have, and what they found difficult.

 
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