Cosmetic surgery lesson idea

Summary of the lesson

My lesson is designed for adult learners who are at intermediate high in speaking, listening and reading and intermediate mid in writing. The topic is a cosmetic surgery and the materials include some visuals such as a poster, hand-outs and laminated scripts. In warm-up, they are going to mainly discuss ‘good-looks’ in groups. In presentation, they will be listening to a conversations talking about a cosmetic surgery and answering 4 focus questions. Then, they are going to learn several vocabulary items and one grammar rule introduced in the text within its context. In the three following activities, a game using laminated strips, a role-play and a discussion, students have more change to practice what they learn in warm-up and presentation. The students can practice a certain grammar form, unreal conditionals- ‘if I past verb, I would…’- in the game using laminated strips. In the next activities, a role-play and a discussion, students have more freedom to say what they want. They are going to talk about the topic, a cosmetic surgery in both a role play and a discussion.

II. Analysis

Right —hemisphere participation

Krashen insists that adult learners should learn language as children do. One obvious thing observed in children’s language learning is ‘right-hemisphere participation’ such as helps from emotion, sociability, imagination, which are hardly seen in adults’ language learning. To encourage adults to use their right brain functions, I use visual supports in warm-up. When pre-teaching vocabulary, I show the students a poster of a figure saying a sentence that contains the target vocabulary items so that I can help them imagine and visualize the real situation that the words can be used. Also, as an independent activity, I designed ‘role-play.’ By doing a role-play, the students will imagine the situation, interact with partners and picture the figures and to do so, their brain functions should be used a lot.

Risk-taking, facilitative anxiety

In affective theories of SLA, it is said that the students who are willing to take risks are more successful learners. Also, facilitative anxiety helps learners acquire language more successfully, though it is different form Krashen’s point of view. There two factors, risk taking and facilitative anxiety are related to each other because when students try to take risks, there usually comes facilitative anxiety. To form facilitative and encourage students to take more risks in my class, I am using lots of classroom interactions more risky to students. For example, TSST is more risky than brainstorming. Also, I often call on an individual student to answer aloud. At the same time, to prevent the anxiety from being debilitative, I often help students get the right answer by cueing, reflecting and lots of positive feedback.

Intrinsic motivation

In SLA affective filter theories, intrinsic motivation is more valued than extrinsic motivation as it helps students become more eager for learning. To help students have intrinsic motivation, it is said that the topic should contain controversy, conflict, opinion or advice, that there should be personalized questions in presentation and that there should be gaps in follow-up activities. In my lesson the topic is a cosmetic surgery, which is quite controversial and brings up lots of different opinions. Also, in presentation I ask students what they would advice to the character who appears in the listening if they were her friends. In other words, students are asked to give their personal opinions. In activities, students are doing a role-play and a discussion. The two activities are classic examples that have imagination, experience and opinion gaps. Therefore, students’ intrinsic motivation will be stimulated.

III. Conclusion

This lesson concerns mainly the two points in SLA theory, right-hemisphere participation and affective theories, especially the risk taking & facilitative anxiety and intrinsic motivation. To help students benefit form right-brain functions, visual supports and an activity, the role-play are included. To encourage students to take more risks with facilitative anxiety, classroom interactions such as cueing or TSST are used and lots of positive feedbacks are given to students. For the last, to stimulate the students’ intrinsic motivation, a controversial topic is chosen and personalizes questions and information, imagination, experience and opinions gaps are given to students in presentation, step 8 and activities.

Submitted by Esther

Deciding on whether you want cosmetic surgery or not is a big choice, so before you get some plastic surgery make sure that you spend time researching your plastic surgeon to make sure they don’t have a big backlog of complaints like some cosmetic surgeon firms do.

A tummy tuck can be performed together with liposuction to get the best result out of a body contouring surgical procedure done by board-certified plastic surgeons.

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