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Paper Is Not Dead

Posted on April 4, 2013 by kierandonaghy

paper is not dead

This EFL lesson plan is designed around a TV commercial and the themes of paper, iPads and technology. Students practise writing and speaking and use the infinitive to express purpose, and vocabulary related to technology.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Speaking and writing

Topic: Paper, iPads and technology

Language: The infinitive to express purpose, and vocabulary related to technology

Materials: Short commercial and discussion questions

Downloadable materials: paper is not dead lesson instructions     technology discussion questions

 

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 Step 1

Put your students into small groups, assign each group as ”paper” or “iPad”, and tell them that you would like them to think of many uses as they can of paper or an iPad or tablet. Give them some examples such as:

You can use paper to write a letter.

You can use paper to make an aeroplane.

You can use paper as a fan.

You can use an iPad to listen to music.

You can use an iPad as a camera.

You can use an iPad to communicate.

 

Step 2

Give students 10 minutes to come up with as many different uses for paper or an iPod as they can.

 

Step 3

Get students to pair up with a student from another group. They should explain a use of their object to their partner and their partner should say if their object can perform the same use. For example:

Student A: You can use an iPad to send an email.

Student B: You can’t use paper to send an email, but you can use paper to send a letter or write a note.

 

Step 4

After students have finished working in pairs get feedback from the whole class about the different uses of paper and an iPad.

 

Step 5

Ask students the following question:

Do you think paper or an iPad is more useful?

Get the whole class to discuss the question.

 

Step 6

Tell students they are going to watch a short film in which they will see different uses of paper and an iPad. As they watch they should note the different uses. Show the film and pause at 00:23.

   

 

 

Step 7

Ask students what the differences are. Ask students the following questions:

How does the man feel about his iPad?

How does the woman feel about his iPad?

 

Step 8

Show the rest of the film but pause at 00:32. Ask students:

What do you think of the film?

Does the film have a message?

 

Step 9

Tell students that the film is actually an advertisement. Ask them what product or service they think is being advertised. Now show the rest of the film and ask students for their reactions.

 

Step 10

Put your students into pairs and give them the technology questions worksheet. Ask them to choose 5 of the questions to discuss. Give them 10 minutes to discuss the questions and then get feedback from the whole class.

 

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20 thoughts on “Paper Is Not Dead

  1. With a little modification, this is a good warmer activity to lead into compare/contrast writing/speaking. Thank you!

  2. This lesson is simply perfect and, as one other poster said, a great segue into compare/contrast writing and speaking activities. I’m loving the site so far…keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Kieran!
    Just perfect!
    I used it with a group of students who work in the IT area of a financial company. They have classes at the end of the working day and generally are very stressed and tired after long hours. They just loved it. It is connected to their jobs, reality and made them think about technology in a funny and relaxed way.
    Thanks a lot.

  4. Hi thanks loads! this is really a fantastic way to initiate youths to think and develop their critical skills! am so happy to have subscribed! Congrats! 🙂

  5. Hello again!

    I used this yesterday for an adult conversation group. I tweaked it a bit with a lead-in showing them my new iPad mini and all it can do (using their questions about it). Then I gave them a bunch of cartoons about iPads. They each had to pick one from a pile that were face-down and then talk about the situation and why it was funny, before revealing it to the class. Then we talked about paper vs. iPad (teams)- then used the video and the technophile vs. technophobe questionnaire.

    It worked great. I am going to use it again this Friday for 2 groups of Customer Care people (all young) in an energy company.

    Report to follow…

    Thanks, Kieran!

    Best,
    Maura

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