Description: Prepare an argument; speak in a debate; and write an opinion about innovation.
Target audience: all college level students
General goals/objectives: speaking and writing
- Preparing an argument
- Speaking in a debate
- Writing your opinion
Materials needed for activity: (check the following)
X internet access X projector _ speakers _ printout X BYOD (Bring Your Own Device - smartphone, tablet)
_ other: ______________________
Time: 45 + 30 minutes
Overview: Class holds a debate based on readings about innovation
Activity 1 - Debate: Has the innovation cup run dry?
Divide the class in half and each group prepares their side of the debate (Agree/ disagree) with arguments to support their claim, based on the readings, and using the vocabulary of innovation and language of debate
Activity 2: Writing to the Forum
Write 1 -3 grammatically-correct sentence(s) on the forum:In your opinion, has the innovation cup run dry?
Review the sentences as a class and consider – capital letters, punctuation, subject-verb agreement
- Has the innovation cup run dry?
- Start-up Nation interview
- Surfing Toward the Future
|Production/ Speaking||Sustained monologue presenting a case (e.g., in a debate)||Can develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length with subsidiary points and relevant examples (B1+)|
|Production/Writing||Overall written production||Can write straightforward connected texts on a range of familiar topics within his/her field of interest and/or expertise by linking a series of shorter discrete elements into a linear sequence (adapted B1)|
|Reports and essays||Can summarize, report and give his/her opinion about accumulated factual information on familiar routine and non-routine matters within his/her field with some confidence (B1+)|