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Centenary Competition for Schools 2013 – Project 3

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This is the description of the third Project in the currently running Centenary Competition for Schools 2013.

Project 3: How English will improve my future (ages 8+)

Description of project: Produce an essay or poster that sums up why English is important for your future.

Age group: The age groups within this project are very varied, so please check the individual activities to match them to the age of your students. Remember that some of the activities can be adapted to suit younger children.

Activity 1 (aged 12+) 

Discuss with the class why they think English is important for their future. You could look at the Cambridge English Language Assessment recognition page with your students and think about why organisations accept Cambridge English exams.

Focus: Reading and Speaking/Listening 

Activity 2 (aged 8+)

Set a task for your students to do at home. They should talk to their family about anyone they know who has achieved success because of learning English. It is better if this is somebody the family knows, but if not, it could be anyone – a famous footballer, an actor, etc. They should think about whether this person could have achieved the same success without English.

Focus: Speaking and Listening

Activity 3 (aged 8+)

Ask your students to talk to the class for a minute about the person who they talked about in Activity 2. They could talk about the following: who the person is; what they do; how good they are at English; how learning English has helped them in their life.

Focus: Speaking

Activity 4 (aged 10+)

As a class, discuss some of the common themes from your talks. What do your students think are the main reasons that people learn English (for work, for study, to live abroad, to access information on the internet)? Can they think of others?

Focus: Speaking and Listening 

Activity 5 (aged 8+)

Review the language your students can use to talk about their future. The type of language you look at will depend very much on the age of your students: it could be ‘will’, ‘going to’, right up to ‘in an ideal world’, ‘all being well’, ‘assuming I get the right qualifications’, etc.

Focus: Language Development

Activity 6 (aged 8+)

Ask your students to make a poster or write an essay that sums up why they think English is important for their future. Posters will work well with younger learners and more visual students. Older students may want to write an essay instead, so give them the choice of how they do this. Students can do this activity on paper or on computer. They should think about a title, strong messages they want to write and any images or visuals that will help to get the message across.

Focus: Writing

Activity 7 (aged 8+)

Get your students to show their essay or poster to a partner. Encourage them to give constructive feedback to each other so that they can make improvements to their work.

Focus: Reading and Speaking

Activity 8 (aged 8+)

Arrange a class exhibition where you put the posters/essays on the wall and invite students from other classes or parents to come and look at your students’ work.

Focus: Reading

Activity 9 (aged 10+)

Before the exhibition, ask your students to make a list of the main reasons that students learn English. During the exhibition, get your students to conduct a survey by asking everyone they talk to about the reason why they are studying English. They will be able to do a tally under the reasons and add any new reasons to their list.

Focus: Speaking and Listening

Activity 10 (aged 10+)

As a class, look at the findings of the survey. Were there any variations between results? Is there agreement on the main reason that people study English? Ask students to present their results visually – as a bar chart or pie chart. Display these results on the wall.

Focus: Speaking and Listening

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

June 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

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