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Universal Children's Day

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 70 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B1, B2


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of authentic recordings of children describing their lives
  • Be able to use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer comprehension questions about the main ideas of authentic conversations between children
  • Correctly identify and define words and phrases from the conversations
  • Write accurate sentences about important issues from the point of view of young people
  • Share ideas about children's differences from adults, and any special rights they have

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Activities (9)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

Culture notes
Universal Children's Day was established by the United Nations in 1954 and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. Events are held all over the world to highlight the special role that children play in society, and the need to protect their rights and offer them special protections from harm. More information can be found at: http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the conversation between a 7-year-old boy and a 64-year-old man. Then discuss the questions:
• What do children think about being young and old?
• How do children and adults think about love differently?
• What are the main differences between adults and children?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to get students to think about the differences between children and adults.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of the topics covered in Watch.
The purpose of the activity is to generate discussion, and there are no right or wrong answers.

 

Watch

Watch

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

Choose the video with the same topic you discussed in Lead in, and make notes on the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to listen to a conversation between children and understand the main ideas.
Tell students to watch the video that corresponds to the topic they discussed in the Lead in activity, and then answer questions about it in their groups. If appropriate, they should first consult the Listening for main ideas reference material.

 

Listen for new language

Listen for new language

Recommendations

  • 12 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen again to any parts of the video you found difficult, and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to watch the video again and work in groups to clarify the words and phrases they could not understand.
Students will practise using bottom-up listening skills. For further guidance, have them refer to the Listening to something new reference material, in particular section 3.


 

Use new language

Use new language

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No student 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.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

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


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the rights and protections which children have, over and above those of adults.
Link the activity to the videos by asking students how the children in the video were exercising their rights, or were having them restricted or violated.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 11 mins
  • Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Discuss the questions with your group.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the issues that students think are important, but adults do not seem to understand or seem to ignore.
If students struggle to think of suitable advice, give the following prompts:
• Advice for starting a new school.
Advice for moving to a new city or country.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • 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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