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Review of the year

Course: Student reflection, Unit: Attitudes to learning

  • 85 min
  • In class
  • Project
  • B1, B2, C1


Learning goals

  • Give a presentation describing key events in the year

Published by

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Success criteria

  • Make a list of memorable events in your life from the past year
  • Complete a text using the past simple, present perfect, and present perfect progressive tenses
  • Create a plan for a presentation
  • Give a presentation that has a suitable structure and accurately uses language to describe the year

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Activities (8)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to begin a discussion of how students feel that the year went.


Conduct this activity as a poll. Once students have submitted their answers, send the results to the class and discuss them in pairs, groups, or as a class.

 

Lead in 1

Lead in 1

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the Facebook 'year in review' video. What happened to this man in 2016?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to watch a model presentation of the year. This prepares students for the Plan and Produce activities.


The video is unspoken. When students create their own presentations in Plan, there should be spoken parts to describe the different photos.


Suggested answer


It would appear from the video that the man, presumably named Sal, has been to a lot of parties and concerts, and also went on holiday, staying in a room with a large bed. He was also active on Facebook, liking over 4,000 things.

 

Lead in 2

Watch 2

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to brainstorm ideas for topics to include in students' 'year in review' presentations.


Students may use the pictures to help them remember key events in the year, but they can also include events covering other topics.


Students may also bring negative experiences into the activity. Rather than discouraging this kind of response, and depending on the class dynamics, it may be appropriate to encourage students to share these events in a way that they are comfortable with and have the class offer support.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Read the reference material and complete the text with the correct words using the simple past, present perfect, and present perfect progressive.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to review some verb tenses which may be useful in students' presentations.

 

Plan

Plan

Recommendations

  • 30 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to prepare a presentation on how their year went.


Have students get into pairs or groups. Tell them that each student should speak. Ask them to show each other some memorable photos that they have taken over the course of the year and describe what is happening in them. Have groups choose at least one photo from each group member, so that the group's presentation includes a description from each member.


Set a time limit for the presentations. As a suggestion, groups could present for 3–4 minutes, depending on the classroom situation.

 

Produce

Produce

Recommendations

  • 30 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Working in your pair or group, create and give your presentation on your year.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to write a script for their presentation, using the notes that they made in the Plan activity, and to give the presentation.


Have students use software such as Keynote, PowerPoint, or Google Slides to create their presentations.


Remind students about the time limit that you set in the Plan activity.

Students can give their presentations to other students or in front of the class. Alternatively, students can record their work and send it to you for review.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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