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When things go wrong: 3 stories!

English lesson Plan – Level: Upper Intermediate (B2) to Advanced (C1)

We all make mistakes in life – it’s part of the experience of living. But sometimes, small mistakes lead to major problems. And trying to fix, deny or hide them can sometimes lead to even more problems. In this lesson, we’re going to look at three examples of small problems that turned into major news stories.

The three stories involve singer Beyoncé Knowles, basketball player LeBron James, and the council of Argyll and Bute in Scotland. This lesson will appeal to students as they can later reflect on their own lives and mistakes they’ve made too; or they can think of similar examples from their own countries of situations that backfired spectacularly.

This practical lesson will get your students using lots of useful language and all the essential skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Click below for a PDF with the Teacher’s Notes, Resource Sheet and Ready-To-Go Lesson.

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 Other levels

Although we’ve set this lesson at a certain level, you could easily use it with other students too. For example, for higher-level students, you could make it more difficult by offering less support through the Pre-listening activities, or by getting them to listen to it completely and then answer the comprehension questions.

Or, for lower-level students, you could help them with any new words, do more pre-listening or reading activities, or stop the audio more frequently and check their understanding.

 Reading

As part of the Learn Hot English method, we recommend three rounds of reading:

  1. First, read the article for a general understanding (reading for gist). Students should guess the meanings of any unknown words or expressions.
  2. Secondly, read the text again to answer comprehension questions.
  3. Finally, read the article again to find words or expressions that students couldn’t guess the meaning of.

Speaking

Remind students that any discussion questions are simply a means to get them speaking. Students are free to invent information if necessary, or if they think the question is too “personal”. The questions are simply there to get students speaking. The actual information is secondary.

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