Speaking Cycle 8: Lifelong learning


1. Activating

· How many different things can you think of which people might learn to do?

· What different ways might people learn how to do things?

2. Sharing

· Think about times when you have tried to learn something.

· Work in groups of three. Tell your group about these experiences. As you listen to your partners, decide if you have had any similar experiences yourself.

3. Preparing

· Choose one experience of one member of your group. One of you is going to tell the rest of the class about this experience (it doesn’t matter if the person who speaks is the person who had the experience or if they talk about the experience of someone else in their group).

· Spend 15 minutes, as a group, preparing what the speaker is going to say. Think about a) information, such as who was the learner; what were they trying to learn, and why; how long did they try for; how did they try to learn, and how successful were they; what did the experience teach them about learning; and b) the organisation and structure of what the speaker will say.

4. Performing

· The speaker from each group talks to the rest of the class.

· As you are listening to other speakers, try to answer the following questions:

a) Who was the learner?

b) What were they trying to learn, and why?

c) How did the person try to learn?

d) How successful was the learning experience?

e) Have you ever tried to learn the same thing?

5. Reporting

· When you have heard the speaker from each group, compare your answers to the questions with the other members of your group.

· As a group, decide which of the people you have heard about, in your opinion, had the most successful learning experience.


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