A Couch Potato
Students will be able to comprehend the passage and list the main character’s daily activity using timeline.
Students can be able to master the pronunciation, spelling, meaning and usage of the three underlined words.
Students will be able to use the words in their daily communications.
Students will be able to cultivate the awareness of having a healthy lifestyle.
Key and difficult points
To understand the passage and master the underlined words.
To apply the words in daily use accurately and learn to improve their lifestyle.
Step 1: Warming-up
2. Have students describe what their perfect day will be like and what they will do. Invite some volunteers to share their perfect days. Have others decide whether the lifestyles are healthy. Tell students Brian is telling us about his perfect day as a couch potato. Lead into the topic and ask them to guess what a couch potato is according to the context.
Step 2: Presentation
1. Have students read the article quickly and share their understanding of couch potato (a person who takes little exercise and watches a lot of television).
2. Read the passage again and complete the timeline on the screen in 5mins. Check the answers together.
3. Have students guess the meaning of the three underlined words. The teacher makes a summary and adds more information about these words.
a. “Immediate” means at once or soon, and its adverb is “immediately”.
b. “downstairs” means to the floor lower than the one you are on, and its antonym is “upstairs”.
c. “Living room” means a room in a house where people sit together and watch television. Besides, in dining room, people have meals, and in bathroom, people take a shower.
Step 3: Practice
Complete the sentences with the correct form of the words in the box. Encourage students to share their answers and have other students to review them.
1. Our troops immediately returned the fire.
2. Wait downstairs in the hall.
3. You have my room and I'll bed down in the living room.
4. He carried the plate through to the dining room.
5. Our immediate concern is to help the families of those who died.
Step 4: Production
Tell students that Brian is determined to a have healthy lifestyle, and invite them to design a timetable for him. 5 minutes are given for discussion. They are encouraged to use the vocabulary learned as much as possible. Then invite some groups to share.
Step 5: Summary and Homework
Summary: wrap up today’s lesson and remind them to exercise regularly, eat healthily, reduce stress and drink plenty of water.
Homework: ask students to observe their mother’s or father’s lifestyles. Describe them to group members next class and share their opinions on how to improve them.
1. Please introduce yourself briefly.
Hi, I am from XX. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree from XX College, in 2019. I majored in English translation. During college, I engaged in part-time English teaching, being an English teacher at a training institution and a volunteer teacher at a rural school. The students like my classes very much, which stimulates my love for education and make me aspire to be an educator.
I like reading during my leisure time. I like reading different kinds of books, covering education, literature, medicine, etc. My favorite book is The End of Molasses Classes authored by Ron Clark. This book is very attractive with various authentic teaching examples to illustrate that teachers should have high expectations of students, thereby students can make astonishing progress. This book has inspired me a lot during my teaching part-time experience, and will guide me in teaching in the future.
In my spare time, I also like doing some sports, such as jogging, yoga, and playing badminton with my friends.
My qualifications and work experience make me a suitable candidate to be a teacher. I am looking forward to exploring new dimensions for the further development of my skills.
2. Do you have any ways to motivate students to learn English?
One of the toughest tasks a teacher can have is to motivate students in the right way. I'd like to share my ideas.
Firstly, one way to encourage students’ intrinsic motivation is to make class communicative. Group activities and a flipped class are both great ways to attain the goal.
Secondly, making class fun is a surefire way to raise intrinsic motivation levels. Here are some strategies we can try: first is to invite pop culture into class, since students love movies, magazines and pop music. We could use them in class for listening activities, reading activities or to learn new vocabulary. The second way is to play games with students. They’re highly effective ways to teach vocabulary and practise grammatical structures.
What’s more, it’s important to give positive feedback, like compliments and encouragement, as well as criticism. Teachers don’t have to be the only source of feedback for students. We can encourage peer feedback and self-evaluation.
After teachers successfully inspire the motivation of students, we set them up for success even after they leave classrooms.