Second Term

The Future; Dystopian Societies

The second block revolves around the future. As a starting point we shall watch Blade Runner, a science fiction classic movie. It will trigger discussion on whether predictions made in dystopian narratives have actually come true or are likely to do so in the near future.

Listening

  • Listen to people talk about how they spend their free time
  • Listen to and watch videos of experts talking about the future
  • Listen to and watch videos about high tech gadgets
  • Listen to and watch different science fiction film trailers set in dystopian societies: Her; 1984; Interstellar; The Hunger Games; Matrix;
  • Listen to videos explaining how inventions work.

Speaking

  • Make an oral presentation on an innovative house appliance.
  • Discuss alternative endings for films/books/plays
  • Ask people about their expectations for the future.
  • Discuss features of dystopian societies
  • Compare changes in leisure patterns
  • Compare timelines and talk about how life has changed/will change/is changing.

Reading

  • Read news stories connected with inventions and technological advances.
  • Read texts from blogs and websites dealing with technology.
  • Read  newspapers articles to identify facts and opinions.
  • Read non abridged articles on ethical issues posed by technological advances.
  • Read  film reviews of science fiction films.
  • Read instructions of a gadget.
  • Read comparative descriptions of a new gadget in a forum/web page.

Writing

  • Write an opinion essay
  • Write a narrative using personification techniques: My life as…
  • Write a short review of a new gadget/app/
  • Write a description of a gadget/app
  • Write a review of a film
  • Write a plot outline: Blade Runner sequel
  • Write a set of questions you would like to ask to a speaker  of a Ted talk  on future technological advances
  • Write summaries  of class sessions.
  • Write a summary of a talk.
  • Write speech bubbles.

Language knowledge and usage

  • Relative clauses
  • Passive tenses
  • Stress patterns in poetry
  • False friends
  • Functional language:  expressing probability (likely/unlikely)
  • Functional language: agreeing and disagreeing

Vocabulary

  • Technology
  • Films
  • Science fiction
  • Idioms with time
  • Household appliances
  • City life
  • Apps
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