In this lesson, students talk about the effect colours have on our lives, learn new adjectives to describe the area where they live, and practice the language of persuasion. It is suitable for levels B2-C1.
To teach the class you are going to need this presentation. It is likely to take around 60 minutes to teach it.
Step 1: Introduction
Students choose photos according to the instructions and then discuss the reasons for choosing each (hopefully, reaching a conclusion that colours do tend to affect they way we think and perceive things around us).
Step 2: Speaking
Students talk about the way colours affect our mood and perception and discuss the area where they live.
Step 3: Speaking and vocabulary
Students look at what French artist Patrick Commecy did with different buildings facades and discuss the outcomes. Then, they take a look at different adjectives used to describe the area one lives in and brainstorm more alternatives (might be a good idea to introduce your students to a synonyms dictionary such as Wordhippo.com )
Step 4: using the language of persuasion
Students work in groups to prepare arguments for and against a plan to change the neighbourhood. It is a great opportunity to introduce/revise different expressions used when persuading other. Students hold a discussion in pairs or small groups. In this part, students interact freely with each other, practice agreeing and disagreeing and expressing their opinions. It is an effective speaking activity for both exam and general English classes.