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A task-based lesson plan

This is for an intermediate class (Y9-11 in England and Wales) and is closely based on an idea in Bill VanPatten's book While We're on the Topic, which I recently reviewed. It's far from original in concept but is a nice low preparation activity which would take about 25 minutes and which features many repetitions of perfect tense verbs.

Quelles activités avez-vous faites hier? Lisez et cochez les choses que vous avez faites.

1. J’ai lu.
2. J’ai travaillé à l’ordinateur.
3. J’ai fait de l’exercice.
4. J’ai fait du vélo.
5. J’ai marché au moins dix minutes.
6. J’ai voyagé en voiture.
7. J’ai regardé la télé.
8. J’ai joué aux jeux vidéo.
9. J’ai rangé ma chambre.
10. J’ai préparé quelque chose à manger.

B.  Interviewez quelqu’un pour trouver s’il/elle a fait ces activités. Notez les réponses. Voici les questions qu’il vous faut.

1. Tu as lu quelque chose?
2. Tu as travaillé à l’ordinateur?
3. Tu as fait de l’exercice?
4. Tu as fait du vélo?
5. Tu as marché au moins dix minutes?
6. Tu as voyagé en voiture?
7. Tu as regardé la télé?
8. Tu as joué aux jeux vidéo?
9. Tu as rangé ta chambre?
10. Tu as préparé quelque chose à manger?

C. Now rate yourself and your partner on the following scale, based on the information you obtained in Steps A and B.

Très actif                                                             Très sédentaire

5                        4                     3                          2                               1

D.   Ecoutez la prof qui va vous demander vos réponses.

[Ask the students for their rankings and put them on the board. The class calculates the group average. Just how active/sedentary is this group of students? And the teacher? Share your answers, and the class assigns a ranking for you.]

Version B: Sédentaire ou actif?

A. Faites une liste de DIC choses que vous avez faites hier. (par exemple J’au lu, J’ai fait du sport)).

B. Interviewez un partenaire. Demandez s’ils ont fait les choses sur votre liste. Notez les réponses.
Exemple: Tu as fait du sport?

C. Now rate yourself and your partner on the following scale based on the information you obtained in Steps 1 and 2.


As above

This is an example of task-based learning. Version B is more demanding of pupils since they need to supply more input and output.


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