Classroom language and TV drama

In this lesson, students identify and analyse elements of classroom dialogue.

Goals

Lesson Plan

Activities 1 and 2

The Activity pages appear in the menu entitled 'This Unit' in the upper right corner of this page (see also the arrow links at the bottom of the page). Each Activity page includes a video. Activity 1 contains an actual video of classroom dialogue. Activity 2 contains a (relatively antiquated) TV drama depicting classroom dialogue. If you like, you can try this lesson with any other video of a classroom that you would like to use.

Prepare your students by distributing the handout, which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page and printed. The handout first asks the preparatory questions shown below. These questions can be discussed with the entire class. Alternatively, a 'think, pair, share' exercise may be useful, in which students think about each question individually and write down some notes, then share their ideas with their neighbours, and then present their ideas to the class.

After the students have read through the questions, play the videos. Once the videos have ended, and students have completed their notes, discuss each question in turn. Again, you might try either a 'think, pair, share' approach, or a full class discussion from the outset.

Activity 3

As a follow-up activity, ask students to think of all the different lessons they’ve been to in the past week. They should try to make a note about the different types of lesson they’ve had. Ask the following questions:

Encourage them to consider the questions in the handout as well, just as they did for Activity 1 and Activity 2. 

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Classroom language and TV drama: Activity 1

Jamie's Dream School

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Classroom language and TV drama: Activity 2

Grange Hill

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