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The North–South divide

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 60 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of an authentic comedy video about geography
  • Use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Successfully answer questions about the main ideas in an article about England
  • Correctly answer comprehension questions about an authentic comedy video
  • Research and present information on cultural differences and divisions within a country

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Activities (7)

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
  • Core activity
  • Categorization, closed


Student instructions

England can be approximately divided into two parts: 'the North' and 'the South'. Guess which stereotypes are linked to people from the North, the South, and the whole country.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the students to English stereotypes and the North–South divide.
Begin by directing students' attention to the map of England and ask students to identify where they think the line dividing the north and south of England is. The map only includes England, and does not show Scotland, which borders England to the north, and Wales, which borders England to the west.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the article and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to some cultural and geographical references in a video.
Have students read the article in the stimulus activity individually and then answer the multiple choice questions in pairs.

 

Watch

Watch

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Watch the video where two comedians discuss the North–South divide and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to watch a humorous video about the cultural differences between the north and south of England, and then to answer a series of comprehension questions.
First tell students to read the questions. They should then watch the video and write brief answers.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

Answer the questions in your groups.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have students discuss their opinions about England's North–South divide. Put students in pairs or groups of three to share their ideas.


 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to give a presentation reflecting on divides in their own countries (or in countries that interest them if the country does not have a noticeable divide).
Explain that their answers should have an introduction, two or three points, and a conclusion to summarize their ideas. Refer students to the reference material to help guide them when preparing their presentations.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review and practise using a new word that they learned during the lesson.

 
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