Education. Learning to learn

Разделы: Иностранные языки

Цель: заинтересовать учащихся и заставить их поразмышлять над вопросом получения знаний: для чего они учатся, как используют полученные знания, насколько важно получение образования.

Lesson for the 9th grade.

Lesson objectives:

Ss will

  • Become aware of difficulty in translating social and cultural phenomena,
  • Think critically about the value of education
  • Learn more about schools in Britain

Skills development:

Ss will practise

  • Guessing the meaning of unknown words from the context
  • Reading for gist
  • A fluency-focused discussion
  • Practise listening for gist and for specific information


Active: distract somebody from something, drop out of something, enter/go to the university, fail an exam, Further Education College, go deep into, make progress, night school, part-time job, school leaving certificate, study, term, schedule, comprehensive school, optional subject, core subject, secondary education and primary school.


Conditional 3


Tape, pictures, grammar tables, tables with lexical material, a workbook and a textbook» New Millennium English-9”, PC for video presentation.


1. The Beginning

2. Warm-up

Introduction of the topic.

T: Let’s divide our class into two groups. Each group gives possible answers to the question in the title of the lesson: “What do we learn for?” the team that gives more reasons wins the game.

Ss: We learn to get knowledge….

We learn to enter the university….

We learn to get a good job….

T: I suggest you to read women’s conversation about their children’s success in education. Try to understand the phrases in bold.

W1: My Jack was deep into his studies before his Math exam and he passed it easily.

Mary has finished school successfully and has entered university. My Chris is making good progress in English and now he’s top of the class.

W2: My Sam failed his Physics exam and had to take it again. Tom’s new friend distracted him from his studies and Tom did very badly in his last English test. My Bob dropped out of his school and failed to find a job. I hope he’ll go to a further education college and get a professional qualification there.

Ss give versions of translation.

3. Activities

  1. Introduction of the new vocabulary

T: puts on the board a table with the new lexical material.

T: Read the Russian equivalents and find the English equivalents in the second column for the words and phrases in bold. Do you notice anything special about these equivalents?

  1. Учеба занимает у меня много времени.
  2. Если постараться, то даже школьник сможет найти почасовую работу.
  3. Выпускникам школы выдается аттестат о среднем образовании.
  4. Третья четверть – самая долгая.
  5. У меня очень плотный режим дня.
  6. Мой брат учится в вечерней школе.
  1. Jane had a part-time job in the evenings after university.
  2. My father is an office manager; he’s got lots of work, so his schedule’s very tight.
  3. people who work during the day can study at night school.
  4. there are three terms in the school year in Britain.
  5. I need to find more time to study – we’re having exams soon.
  6. My school leaving certificate should help me get into university – my marks are excellent.
  1. Grammar

T: read what the students say and answer the questions:

S1: You’re lucky, Jane. The teacher likes you, that’s why he gave you an excellent mark yesterday.

S2: If I hadn’t spent three hours preparing for physics, he wouldn’t have given me an excellent mark.

Answer my questions:

  1. Did Jane get an excellent mark? Why?/Why not?
  2. Why, according to Jane, did she get an excellent mark?
  3. Is Jane talking about a real or an unreal condition? What verb form shows it?
  4. Why does she use this form?
  5. Is it possible now to change what happened?

Let’s analyze the table with grammar structure. (Приложение 1)

If…… had V3, ………..would have V3
  1. Now let’s do some grammar practice.

T: Read what the students say and explain the situation.

Situation Explanation
If the teacher had asked somebody else the question, I wouldn’t have got a bad mark. The teacher asked Sam a difficult question. Sam didn’t answer so he got a bad mark.
If you had given me your notebook to copy yesterday, I would have been prepared for the literature test!  
If I hadn’t watched the thriller yesterday, I would have had enough time to write the report.  
If you hadn’t distracted me from the task, I wouldn’t have made that silly mistake.  

Fill the gaps in order to get correct sentences. Use the verbs in the box.

a. hadn’t failed, b. hadn’t distracted, c. hadn’t finished, d. had finished , would have passed, f. wouldn’t have passed, g. wouldn’t have had, h. hadn’t made, j. hadn’t studied, k. wouldn’t have entered, l. wouldn’t have become.
  1. If Jack ….. hard, he…… the exam.
  2. Mary …. the university if she ….. school successfully.
  3. Chris….. the best student in class if he … god progress.
  4. If Sam … his exam, he… to take it again.
  5. If his friend….. Tom from studies, he…. his test successfully.
  6. If Bob…. School, he …. a job.
  1. Auding

T: Listen to the interview with a student at a comprehensive school in Britain and say what parts of school life mentions. Приложение 2


Interviewer: Janice, when did you start school?

Janice: When I was under five.

Interviewer: So young! You must have felt quite confused!

Janice: Yes, I was so nervous. I didn’t know anyone.

Interviewer: You probably all wore a uniform.

Janice: Most schools in Britain have uniforms.

Interviewer: So that was primary school?

Janice: Yes.

Interviewer: And you went up to the age of…

Janice: Eleven. At the age of eleven, after finishing year six, children change school.

Interviewer: Did you get a bus?

Janice: Yes, the school bus that takes us in every morning.

Interviewer: What type of school is it?

Janice: It’s a comprehensive school. I’ll be here from eleven to sixteen.

Interviewer: That’s five years, is it?

Janice: Yes, year seven to eleven.

Interviewer: Janice, when does the school year begin in Britain?

Janice: It’s a bit different in different places. In our school we start in the first week in September…. Then we have three terms and in summer school closes for about six weeks.

Interviewer: And you have …

Janice: Summer holidays! The best time!

Interviewer: Right. Is six weeks enough of a rest after studies?

Janice: Yes, but many people think that six weeks is too long and some want to have four terms and shorter holidays.

Interviewer: Would you go for that?

Janice: No, I don’t think it’s a clever idea.

Interviewer: What year are you in that?

Janice: Year ten.

Interviewer: What subjects are you taking?

Janice: English, Math, Computer Studies, these are core subjects. German, Russiam are optional subjects in our school.

Interviewer: Do you have exams every year?

Janice: We have exams every year.. And when you are sixteen you take a national exam, the GCSE….

Interviewer: What does it mean?

Janice: General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Interviewer: And what after that?

Janice: If I don’t fail, I’ll probably go to the College of Futher Education in Barnstaple… It’s about 15 miles from here.

T: Fill in the blanks in the diagram and listen again to check your answers. Приложение 3

4. Round up

T: Be ready for the interview about our school.

T- Ss


  1. What type of school is our school?
  2. What age do our pupils start school?
  3. What age do our students leave school?
  4. What are your core subjects?
  5. What are your optional subjects?
  6. What transport do students use to get to school?
  7. When does our school year begin?
  8. When does our school year end?
  9. When do we have holidays?
  10. What tests or exams do our students take at and after finishing school?
  11. What are students able to do after school?

5. Evaluation of students’ answers.

6. Homework.

To prepare this lesson I used

  1. students’ and teacher’s book “New Millennium English” for the 9th grade (Groza O.L., Dvoretskaya O.B.)
  2. grammar exercises from the grammar book “Grammar and vocabulary” (Malcolm Mann)


23 апреля 14:00–15:30 | Вебинар ТерраТех, Роскосмос, ГАОУ Школа № 1306