Birds Aren’t Real (Free)

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Exercise Summary

🕑 90 minutes
🕑 45-60 minutes (flipped classroom)

🎚 B2+, C1, C2

🎯 listening comprehension (video), speaking, vocabulary, and critical thinking

🕑 5-10 minutes

– Prepare the video link for the TED talk, and ensure you have an Internet connection to stream it.

– Print one worksheet for each student.

– Print the Teacher’s Insights or keep them at hand as they contain the answers to the questions.

Kickoff: speaking intro on conspiracy theories

Vocabulary Focus: match words and definitions

Video Comprehension: watch the video and answer the comprehension questions

Speaking: discuss the video content and conspiracy theories in general

Role Play: create and present an imaginative conspiracy theory, acting out distinct roles

What draws people to conspiracy theories? What brings conspiracy theorists together, and how do some of them gain such momentum? That’s the topic we explore in this video-based ESL worksheet built around this fascinating TED Talk.
Detailed Description
The Birds Aren’t Real ESL lesson plan about conspiracy theories works on the skills of critical thinking, listening (with the video), speaking, and vocabulary.
The worksheet starts by introducing the topic of conspiracy theories, then focuses on the English vocabulary required to watch and understand the video. Students then see the video and comment on it and on conspiracy theories in general in the speaking section. They are finally invited to create their own conspiracy theory and present it to the class.
The lesson plan can be delivered in two main ways. The class can watch the video in the classroom, where the teacher would pause it occasionally to check understanding and for the students to ask any questions. You may also use this worksheet as a flipped classroom lesson plan, where students would watch the video and answer the questions at home, giving more time to the speaking activities in class.
This English worksheet is designed to develop vocabulary, listening skills, and critical thinking in advanced C1 and C2 level students. And, of course, it is designed to be fun, interesting, and educational. Happy teaching!

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