Fellow Tamara Al-Kasey visited 11 elementary school classes to model a lesson on content-based communicative tasks. Al-Kasey presented a short video of zoo animals and distributed a handout to follow the video. The students used the video to complete the written exercise then took turns reading aloud to “narrate” the video.
The task consisted of recycling vocabulary from previous lessons (wild animals and habitats), and practicing newer grammar from each level. These topics included simple present tense, questions and answers using can and can’t, the phrase “to be good at doing” something, and superlatives and comparatives. The students were enthusiastic about practicing vocabulary and enjoyed the dynamic and fun new lesson.