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Team spirit: Let's collaborate!
Activity 2

Team spirit: Let's collaborate!

Speak English in the classroom (rabats d'ouverture et de fin)
Précis de communication p. 252

A. My qualities!

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Memory game: look at the word cloud for one minute and memorise as many words as possible. You don’t need to understand every word to memorise them!

Méthode je mémorise (numérique)

Memory game - Team spirit: Let's collaborate!
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Word up! Choose the correct preposition.
1) Someone who is is someone you can always count .
2) Someone who is punctual is someone who is always time.

Repeat the following sentences.

1) I’m kind and independent.
2) He’s responsible and very creative.

What are your qualities? Select three qualities from the word cloud which apply to you. Justify your choice.

Ex : I am reliable, my friends can count on me.

B. My path to success!

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That’s the way I am! Help these students see the good sides of things: what they see as a flaw can also be a quality! Give them advice to get better at English.

Ex : “I’m shy” → It’s not a problem. People like you because you don’t always try to catch everyone’s attention. You should sit next to someone you trust to see him or her as an ally. You can also ask the teacher at the end of class.

1) “I have difficulties with grammar.” Kenny

2) “I’m afraid of speaking in public.” Brenda

3) “I understand most things but it’s harder for me to make sentences.” Joshua

Help Franck and Melody identify their strengths... and give them advice on things to improve.

Useful vocabulary: You know how to… so you are a... person.
You’re already… but you could become more…
What is great is that you can…

Tip: revise the use of modal auxiliaries.

Portrait 1

I always do my homework and I like to do things well. I can get a bit annoyed if things are not done exactly the way I want.


Portrait 2

My friends know they can always call me when they need to talk. I sometimes find it hard to prioritise and I tend to procrastinate and leave things until the last minute.


Language in progress

Les modaux (action au présent)

Règle d’or : modal + V (pas de to !)
He can manage to + V... → Il peut arriver à...
She could spend time + V-ing → Elle pourrait passer du temps à…
You should practice + V-ing / noun → Tu devrais t’entraîner à…
They must take into account… → Ils doivent prendre en compte…

Précis grammatical p. 270

C. Become a great team player!

Acrostiche - Team spirit: Let's collaborate!
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What is teamwork? Discuss with your neighbour to find a definition of what teamwork is.
Useful vocabulary: Teamwork means...
You need to / It is necessary to...
You have to want / be willing to...
Be able to trust your peers / classmates.
Communicate / collaborate / listen to others.
A reliable person = someone you can rely on / count on.

Proverb: “Two heads are better than one.”

Listen to three students giving their points of view on teamwork.

a. According to them, what are the advantages of teamwork? Which qualities do you acquire?

b. Which obstacles may you be confronted with? How can you overcome these obstacles?

c. Select the arguments you agree with.

D. We’re a team!

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Let’s learn how to work together.
a. Make a list of your personal qualities.

b. Say how they can be useful when you work in groups.

Choose the sentence(s) which best apply to you or create your own.

Useful vocabulary: Sometimes I can be too talkative so feel free to stop me.
I can be shy sometimes so ask for my opinion. I’m sensitive so don’t hurt my feelings.
I like making jokes but tell me if you don’t find it funny.
I’m a lone wolf → an introvert.
I’m a social butterfly → an extrovert.

Participate in the standing class survey.
Stand up when your teacher reads the sentence(s) which best describe(s) you and look around to see who is standing too. You’ll find new allies!

Your time to shine!

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Make a “How to work with me” card! First finish this sentence: “It’s easy to work with me because…”. Then, add five other sentences.

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a.The rules of your class : Individually, write down five rules you think are essential to work together as a team.
Ex : You must listen to others...

Useful vocabulary: For me, it’s essential to + V
Be careful with... / Pay attention to…
I can’t help + V-ing / I can’t resist + V-ing…
Prevent someone from + V-ing ≠ Encourage someone to + V…
Make sure (that)…
Annoying / problematic ≠ Agreeable / pleasant

Share your findings and compare your rules with you neighbour. Agree on five.

Then share with other pairs of students. Decide as a group which five rules should become the rules of your class. Be ready to present them to the class.

Speak English in the classroom (rabats d'ouverture et de fin)
Précis de communication p. 252

Your time to shine!

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Prepare a poster to present and illustrate your rules.


When the second bell rang, everyone got quiet and the teacher turned around and faced us. He said his name was Mr. Browne, and then he started talking about what we would be doing this semester. Mr. Browne had written on the chalkboard in big block letters: P-R-E-C-E-P-T!
"Okay, everybody write this down at the very top of the very first page in your English notebook." As we did what he told us to do, he said: "Okay, so who can tell me what a precept is? Does anyone know?" No one raised their hands.
Mr. Browne smiled, nodded, and turned around to write on the chalkboard again:
"Like a motto?" someone called out.
"Like a motto!" said Mr. Browne, nodding as he continued writing on the board. "Like a famous quote. Any saying or ground rule that can motivate you. Basically, a precept is anything that helps guide us when making decisions about really important things." He wrote all that on the chalkboard and then turned around and faced us. "So, what are some really important things?" he asked us.
A few kids raised their hands, and as he pointed at them, they gave their answers, which he wrote on the chalkboard in really, really sloppy handwriting: RULES. SCHOOLWORK. HOMEWORK.
"What else?" he said as he wrote, not even turning around. "Just call things out!" He wrote everything everyone called out. FAMILY. PARENTS. PETS.
One girl called out: "The environment!"
"Bees!" "Seatbelts!" "Recycling!" "Friends!"
"Okay," said Mr. Browne, writing all those things down. He turned around when he finished writing to face us again. "But no one's named the most important thing of all." We all looked at him, out of ideas. Without saying anything else, he wrote down: WHO WE ARE!
"Who we are," he said, underlining each word as he said it. "Who we are! Us! Right? What kind of people are we? What kind of person are you? Isn't that the most important thing of all? Isn't that the kind of question we should be asking ourselves all the time? "What kind of person am I? Learning who you are is what you're here to do."
"I thought we were here to learn English," Jack cracked, which made everyone laugh.
"Oh yeah, and that, too!" Mr. Browne answered, which I thought was very cool of him. He turned around and wrote in big huge block letters that spread all the way across the chalkboard:

Adapted from Wonder, R. J. Palacio, 2012.

General understanding

Read the text once and try to give the following elements: Who? What? Where? When?

Find equivalents in the text of the word “precept”. Explain what a precept is in your own words.

a. List the “important things” given by the students.
b. List the important things given by Mr Browne.

c. What do they have in common? What is different?

What do you think is the objective of the teacher?

Use the toolbox to make a short summary of the text.

Let’s go further!

Explain Jack’s joke.

What do you think Mr Browne means when he says “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind”?

Do you agree with this statement? Explain in your own words.
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