English Listening Lesson on
 Nails

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THE LESSON ON NAILS

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Nails are funny things. Why do we have them? I actually find them quite annoying. We have to keep cutting them, they get dirty, and sometimes they break and become painful. I’d rather we didn’t have nails. I’m sure it wouldn’t change our lives. I guess women would say no to that idea. My female friends spend a lot of money on their nails. I don’t know why. Nail polish stinks, and so does nail polish remover. I really don’t know why they waste their time going for manicures. It must be really boring sitting there, watching someone paint your nails. Nail art is now big business. People have become millionaires opening nail art salons. The best thing for me would be to have really short nails that never grow.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

Nails are funny things. Why _______________? I actually find them _______________. We have to keep cutting them, they get dirty, and sometimes they break _______________. I’d rather we didn’t have nails. I’m sure it wouldn’t change our lives. _______________ would say no to that idea. My female friends spend a lot of money _______________. I don’t know why. Nail polish stinks, and so does nail polish remover. I really don’t know why they _________________ going for manicures. It must be really boring sitting there, watching someone paint your nails. Nail _______________ business. People have become millionaires opening nail art salons. The best thing for me would be to have really short nails _______________.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

Nails are uyfnn things. Why do we have them? I actually find them quite annoying. We have to keep ungttic them, they get dirty, and sometimes they break and become inpflau. I’d rather we didn’t have nails. I’m sure it wouldn’t change our lives. I ussge women would say no to that idea. My amflee friends spend a lot of money on their nails. I don’t know why. Nail polish tknssi, and so does nail polish remover. I really don’t know why they swtea their time going for manicures. It must be really boring sitting there, watching someone antip your nails. Nail art is now big business. People have become millionaires ogenpin nail art salons. The best thing for me would be to have really stroh nails that never grow.

UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

Nails are funny things. Why do we have them? I actually find them quite annoying. We have to keep cutting them, they get dirty, and sometimes they break and become painful. I’d rather we didn’t have nails. I’m sure it wouldn’t change our lives. I guess women would say no to that idea. My female friends spend a lot of money on their nails. I don’t know why. Nail polish stinks, and so does nail polish remover. I really don’t know why they waste their time going for manicures. It must be really boring sitting there, watching someone paint your nails. Nail art is now big business. People have become millionaires opening nail art salons. The best thing for me would be to have really short nails that never grow.

DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT NAILS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about nails in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about nails for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about nails. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about nails. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. NAILS POSTER Make a poster about nails. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY NAILS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on nails. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on nails. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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