NEW WORLD (Download full lesson plan) – This is a new twist on a classic ESL conversation activity. Its main purpose is to get groups to discuss possibilities and to agree and disagree with each other before coming to a final conclusion, which leaves it open for a good selection of different language that could be pre-taught as a build up to this fun activity.
- The world is coming to an end and we must start up a new civilization on a new planet. There is a spaceship that can only take 6 people, so, the task is to choose 6 out of the 12 people available, who would be the most suitable to start a new world.
Put the class in groups to discuss their answers. Students must explain why they chose each person and how they can help advance the new world.
It’s very important to set the scene well, so the teacher needs to tell the story dramatically to help the students become more immersed in the part the play.
- population- populate- over populated- under populated
- reproduction- reproduce
- produce crops- farm the land
- build houses
- lead the people
- entertain people
- educate the youth
- civil society
- maintain law and order
- treat the ill
AGE SEX NATIONALITY OCCUPATION
47 Male American Politician
17 Female Japanese Model
36 Female Kenyan Illiterate (pregnant)
61 Male Chinese Farmer
32 Male English Engineer
27 Female Mexican Teacher
68 Female German Doctor
25 Male Korean Singer
12 Male Zimbabwean Student
14 Female Spanish Student
29 Male Irish Carpenter
34 Female Brazilian Policewoman
- It is now a few hundred years later and the new world is thriving with over 100,000 people. Now it’s time to discuss what the laws and rules will be for the new world. Explain the new language and then have the students answer the discussion questions in their groups.
Democracy Communism Dictatorship Theocracy Monarchy Meritocracy
standardized language dialects hybrid
censorship free speech freedom of expression regulations
technology finance manufacturing agriculture
Christianity Buddhism Islam Hinduism Judaism Atheism
Discuss the following questions.
- Which political system will the new world have?
- What will the official language(s) be?
- Will there be censorship?
- What industries will your country try to develop?
- Will citizens be allowed to carry a gun?
- Will there be the death penalty?
- Will there be a state religion?
- What will the educational system be like? Will there be compulsory education to a certain age?
- Who will be allowed to marry?
- Have students present their answers to the class.
- To extend this class, you could have groups debate the decisions they have made for a new society.