This lesson really will get your students thinking about "Silence". It also has a focus on pronunciation and language awareness - awareness of the silent letters in English words.
1. Write on the board - Silence is ______________
Get students to brainstorm and finish this sentence in as many ways as possible. If they don't come up with "Silence is golden", mention it and ask their opinions about this idiom. Do they believe this?
2. Ask students to Do Nothing For 2 Minutes. Challenge them to listen for the sounds they hear now that the class is silent. After 2 minutes, get students to brainstorm these sounds. What did they hear? What other things can be heard only when a person is silent? List them. Watch the video Sounds of Silence. What sounds did they see/hear on the video? [wind, rain, footsteps, the elevator, talking, electricity, humming, water running/dripping, snoring, breathing]
3. Play this quiz (or print it out) as a group. Practice pronouncing the silent letters. Show this wordle presenting the most frequently used words in English which have "silent" letters. Students write down the words and circle the silent letters. Go over them afterward and practice pronouncing them.
4 . Finally, listen to the classic Simon and Garfunkle song - The Sounds Of Silence. Many versions online in addition to this one. [ no text, original video, words only ] Students fill in the lyric listening sheet and then check their answers.
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