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Тема: "Generation Gap: Is it Possible to overcome it?"
Цели: - практика в чтении, аудировании, говорении
- повторение изученной лексики по теме "Подростки. Их жизнь и проблемы"
- воспитание толерантности и уважения к родителям и людям старшего поколения
-формирование справедливого, критического отношения к собственным поступкам
- развитие умений выражать и отстаивать своё мнение, работать в группе
Lesson Plan.
I. Brainstorm
T: Today we'll speak about teenagers and their problems. This topic is very close to you because you belong to the generation of teenagers. During this lesson we'll try to answer different questions. The first one is: Who are teenagers? You know that the word "teenager" has already become international and people all over the world understand it without translation. But who can you name a teenager? What does this word really mean?
P: Teenager officially is a person aged from 13 to 19 inclusive.
T: Yes, but when you are 18 you are allowed to do a lot of different things which are completely forbidden under this age. Can you name this things? P: vote, join the army, marry without parents' permission, borrow money from the bank, buy alcohol, have driving license. T: Yes, that's why so many people consider this group of young generation adults. But from the other hand biologists say that people are growing up and developing faster these days. So 9,11 and 12 year-olds would like to include themselves in the group of "teenagers". Actually they have their own group called "pre-teens" or sometimes "between-agers". So without getting hung up on actual ages who can we name a teenager?
P: People who are already neither children but nor adults yet.
T: Yes, or people who are developing into adults. What associations do you have when you hear a word teenager?
P: ( music, fashion, style, shopping, sport, computers, disco-clubs ... etc)
T: So I see that your associations are quite different. But if we mention loud music, disco clubs, spending time in the Internet, hanging out with the friends we may say that these are the factors which always irritate older generation. If you look at the blackboard you'll see the extract from the article taken from the American magazine. Read and say what things annoy adults in teenagers. Pay attention to the new words at the bottom.
"According to the 'older generation' teenagers are lazy, they wear ridiculous clothes and are appallingly rude to their betters and elders; they find it impossible to be polite, helpful, constructive, caring or hard working. What's more, they spend all their time listening to awful music ("It isn't a music, it's just a collection of horrendous noises!") and gawping at unsuitable films. And all they ever think about is parties, drugs and sex."
Appallingly - awfully
Horrendous - terrible
To gawp- to look at smth in a foolish way, especially with a mouth open
Betters and elders - older people who are (or should be!) wiser.
T: So, you see that some representatives of older generation think that the word "teenagers" means the same as the word "problems". Name the things which annoy adults in teenagers.
P: rudeness, laziness, being impolite, carelessness, unwillingness to help and work hard, listening to awful music, constant desire to entertain
T: Do you agree with such opinion? Prove your answer.
P: express their attitude
T: More than that there are a lot of adults in our society who are rude and impolite, who are lazy and don't want to work . And to sum everything up we may say that you can meet people who are the real problem to others at any age. So as there are a lot of friendly, open interested and polite teenagers. Therefore how can you answer our next question. Are teenagers a problem?
P: Not always and not more than people of other generations.
T: Now we have the next question to answer. Do teenagers have problems?
P: of course, they do.
T: Give examples.
P: pocket money, getting along with the friends, spending free time, education, future job, appearance, bullies at school etc.
T: You will listen to the conversation of two boys who discuss one of the greatest and the most important problem nowadays. Listen and say what problem it is.
II. Listening.
-Well Ken, if you ask me, there is too much to complain about being young. It can really be hard sometimes, especially when your parents hardly ever leave you alone.
-You're telling me! I quite like my Mom and Dad, but they're always ready to criticize me. "Don't do this! You can't do that!" It's often really hard to put up with.
-Oh, it's really that bad. Frankly, I'm having a big argument with my parents at the moment. I ask them to buy me a motorbike, but they say I can't ride one. They say, "It's against the law. Wait till you are 17. You are not an adult yet."
-Although, sometimes it's just the opposite. See, I'm 17 the army, right? But I'm not allowed to see war films they are too violent.
-That's really unfair. Actually, when we go on a train or bus, we are adults. I have to pay full price for the ticket.
-I can understand how you feel, Gary. I sure am lucky I can have a part-time job and get some money. My younger brother is only 12. And he can hardly ever afford a new CD.
-Hey, don't talk about money. I don't e enough to cover my daily expenses. I can't wait till I leave school and get a full-time job.
-Oh, no. That would really come as a shock for my parents, they want me to study further. Honestly, I have to obey them. I remember, when I was 11 I couldn't even buy a dog without their permission.
-That sounds really bad.
T: What problem of young generation was discussed there?
P: The relations with parents.
T: Yes, that's right. Or the problem of generation gap as it is called. Now listen to the recording again and write down the reasons of misunderstanding between parents and their children.
Listening 2.
T: So what are these reasons and how they become apparent.
P: excessive control, criticism, don't allow to buy necessary thing, watching violent things, future education.
T: So we have a web.
T: Now give your own reasons and explain your choice. You may share your opinion in pairs or groups. Write them on the paper. Stick them down to the blackboard.
P: bad habits, hanging out with friends, listening to inappropriate music, go clubbing, surfing the Net.
T: So there are too many reasons which are considered by teenagers unfair and make the problem of generation gap acute. How do they arise and why?
P: -If we take watching inappropriate films and listening to music we may say that parents worry these programs and music can form violence, cruelty in our characters and we'll have wrong attitude about reality;
- hanging out with friends, go clubbing - parent are afraid that we can find out in bad companies;
- bad habits - take care about our health;
- pocket money - worry that we spend it on inappropriate things;
- future education - want us to be successful people;
- excessive control - don't want smth bad to happen with us.
III. Reading.
T: So you prove that parent love you and want you to be happy. That's why stop complaining if had done it before and think if your parents have an easy life. We are going to read the text about parents-children relations. Read and name the main problems your parents face to. Look through the new words.
Indifferent - not paying attention to smb
Mercy of fate - милость судьбы
Alienated - отчуждённый
Eternal Problem of "Fathers and Sons"
When studying in school I was surprised to hear such words from my best friend: "I never say anything about my private life to my parents; they have no interest in me. They never notice if I'm happy or crying; they don't think whether I need a piece of advice, or need to share my joys and sorrows. When I tried to discuss my problems, they were always too busy to listen to "rubbish" which isn't worth paying attention to. My friend was really depressed about her relations with her relatives and I had no words to help her. It was a kind of shock to me: how can these people be so indifferent to their child? How can their dearest child be left to the mercy of fate?!
Parents have always been the most loved and nearest people since birth. When a new person is born, it's a great occasion for everybody in his family. And your first steps, first attempts to communicate, and first experience in spelling words - all the important moments of your life - happen only thanks to a mother who is always near you. Her heart fills with joy when she sees you making progress in studying and achieving good results in your life.
All this seems to be a wonderful tale. But what has changed during the last 10-20 years? Children now are more independent, more confident in solving problems on their own. We are slowly become alienated from the family - a teenager who has spoilt his relations with his parents is usual, even typical, nowadays. Think: who would you like to tell about your problems - your friends or your parents? Of course, a friend knows more about you than your relatives; he or she is closer to you. Is the eternal problem of "fathers and sons" a characteristic feature of Russian family relations?
In today difficult situation, everybody relies on himself and never waits for help. There is no other country in the world like Russia, where nobody can predict what will happen tomorrow, where the government lives one life, and citizens another. We can't control our future - and try to adapt to the existing system.
Every father and mother dreams about the splendid future of his son or daughter, their successful career as a sportsman, singer, diplomat, or even as a president. To make this dream true they should devote much time to the child!
But instead of this they have to send them to a grandmother, an aunt, or some other relative, who is eager to look after a kid. What are our parents busy with? They earn money, supporting their family is the meaning of their lives. People are too worried about fighting for survival to spend time and communicate with their child. At best the mother or father exchanges a few words with him before going to bed, and it's enough after a long working day.
Parents are always absent, and who will show the best way of, for example, entertainment. Nobody can guarantee that your little boy or girl won't start smoking at an early age. On the most awful - taking drugs. It's good when there are grandmothers and grandfathers to control a teenager; but what to do if there are none? It's a great question to think over. Only we can change the relationship between children and their parents. We must try to be more patient attentive to the family. Let's dream about our children, and use all means to realize these dreams and to make them well-known stars in sport, TV, etc. Everything depends only on us!
T: So what are the main problems our parents face to?
P: earning money and fighting for survival
T: Look through the text again and find the after-effects of the fact that the life of our parents comes to the fighting for the survival. Use the example:
Fighting for survival/
constant earning living/ leads to/ causes/affects .........
spending all time working
P: indifference, distrust, taking drugs/alcohol, excessive independence, excessive self confidence.
T: So all these factors lead to the problem of generation gap. Is it possible to solve it? Let's work in groups and make a list of advice helping to overcome the problem of generation gap. (G1 - for parents, G2 - for children).
T: Present your advice.
III Results.
T: To sum everything up we may say that good relations in our families depend on both parents and children. My advice to you is if you want to change something in your parents first of all change yourself. Be tolerant, try to understand the other people's problems, try to help them instead of annoying and complaining. Remember you will be adults yourself in some years!
IV Hometask. Write a letter to your parents where you describe how you love them and how you understand their problems.
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