Thursday, May 17, 2012

The United Nations Life Index: What makes a good country? Older and higher-level students, Batumi

United Nations Quality of Life Index: These countries were ranked according to education, health, quality of life, economic dynamism, and political environment. (High Income countries only. Middle and Low Income countries were classified separately)

objectives: language: present participles; content: effective governments (45 minutes)

- Warm-up: Develop vocabulary bank on the idea of what makes a good country? Prepare pictures to direct vocabulary. (students in class, people in a hospital, people enjoying life, people at business, people in parliament or congress)
main ideas: education, health, freedom, work, vote 

- watch the video - have students list the countries on paper
comprehension - ask your students who was number 6, 14, 12, etc.

- Model the grammar: present participle A good country is having education. A good country is having good health. A good country is having freedom. A good country is being able to vote. Have students give other examples, or for lower-level students, have them read the sentences.

- Watch the video again. Have students in pairs or groups make a list of what makes a good country.  After, as a class, in Georgian if necessary, ask your students what made these countries good?

- Assessment: Have students draw or develop a scene from their own good country based on the ideas of education, health, quality of life, freedom and voting. What makes their country so great? Have students present their drawings or plan. If they do not have enough English skills, assist them in Georgian.

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