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Ángel y Rosario nos hacen esta propuesa como trabajo práctico del curso “Mejora de la competencia comunicativa en inglés”:


Sense of the unit: make the students sensitive towards the comic production in English as a way of understanding the culture, tradition or way of life of English speaking countries.
. Level: 3 E.S.O. Age: 15 to 16.
. Approximate length: 1 session.
. Grammar: Colloquial vocabulary, form and use.
. Functions: talking about present and immediate future actions.
. Vocabulary: Colloquial vocabulary.

1. To increase their interest in comic reading as a source of pleasure and leisure
2. To discern between colloquial language and formal language.
3. To understand global and specific information from written texts
4. To use different strategies in order to achieve an autonomous learning of the language
5. To fulfil their potential language skills in order to ACQUIRE language proficiency.
6. To improve their conversation skills, stressing the need of intonation patters of speech.
7. To develop their potential creativeness.

1- Become acquainted with colloquial vocabulary.
2- Invest the expressive capabilities of an image.
3- Get fluency on public speaking.
4- Extraction of specific information
5- Extraction of implicit information
6- Attention and respect for those messages expressed in English
7- Interest in writing texts and understanding in an autonomous way

. Time (see *) :time sequence
. Space : configuration of the class
. Groups: (see +)

1. Activities:

  • Evaluation of previous knowledge (10 min.)
  • Presentation ( 5min.)
  • Predictions about the content of the text based on the title, pictures, representative expressions.
  • Presentation of the necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures to understand the comic.

2.Exercise: WHAT IS GOING ON? (25 min.)
Here we have a picturesque scene extracted from  a  comic. Students add captions using at least  8 of the following expressions, which  come from British street slang. Then you will read out loud your captions to your partners .
-TO DROP IN: Presentarse , Pasar.
-IT´S A SCREAM: Es de troncharse.
-HOLY GHOST: ¡Caramba!
-ON YOUR BIKE! : ¡A freir espárragos!
-NO ROOM TO SWING A CAT: No caber ni un  alfiler.
-TO NAG: Dar la lata.
-TO HAVE A SCREW LOSE: Faltar un tornillo.
-TO BE CHEESED : Estar hasta las narices.
-NOT A DROP OFF: Ni una chispa de.
-TO HAVE NO CLUE: No tener ni idea.
-THUMBS HIS/HER NOSE AT: Hacer caso omiso /mofarse de.
-TO BE NARKED: Estar cabreado.
-HUNKY DORY: Requetebien.
-IT´S UNHEARD OF!: ¡Es increible!
-TO MUMBLE: Murmurar entre dientes.
-TO GO HAYWIRE: Volverse loco.

– Analysis of the text in order to distinguish between facts and opinions and to identify the writer´s goal (+ groups of four):

3. Materials and resources:
. Means: photocopier, overhead projector.
. Materials: book, newspapers, dictionaries, comics, exercise sheets

. By means of the evaluation we check that the objects are being achieved
. The evaluation must take place:
– during the process of learning, to readjust the process: formative
– at the end of the unit: summative (*10 minutes).

Valuation criteria:
1- Correct use of vocabulary as appropriate.
2- Correct use of grammatical structure.
3- Writing skills. (Including originality)
4- Speaking skills.

Instruments of evaluation:
– Teacher´s diary
– Student´s diary
– Analysis of students´homework
– Observation guides
– Co-evaluation and self-evaluation

Angel Albaladejo / Rosario Bayo

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