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Activity 14.3

Activity 14.3

Communicating about the weather

The students will communicate about the weather and its effect on their plans.

Play Clip 14.2b (About the weather). Hand out copies of the sentence patterns and have the students practise these along with the presenters.

Pairs work
Hand out copies of Worksheet 14.3 (Information gap task) that you have cut into two sections. Give Table A to one student and Table B to their partner so that they can complete the information gap task in pairs.

They use their knowledge of NZSL to ask each other for the information that does not appear on their own table. When they get the response, they enter the information in the appropriate column. When they have completed the task, they verify their responses by checking them against the information in the relevant table.

Group work
Play Clip 14.2a.

Now have the students work in groups. Using their completed tables, they choose a season and the weather description and make plans for what they will do or will not do, expressing their feelings about this.

Tell them to use the sentence patterns from the Unit 14 overview and any other language they have already learned to help them vary their responses.

Extending the task
To extend the task that the students have just worked on, get them to make a class collage about the four seasons in New Zealand. This task could link with what they are learning through their visual arts programme and the different kinds of media they are working with.

Preparing and performing a presentation
Divide the class into four groups. Each group finds the best way to express information in NZSL about the weather in one season or across all the seasons. The information should include communicating about their weather preferences, plans, and feelings.

Suggest that this be in the form of presentations by individual students, dialogues between students, or role-plays. Play scene L to give them a model to follow and to stimulate their creativity as they work together on this task.

Record the presentations. The recording will document the students’ performances and achievement across two learning areas, including their participation and contribution.

The recording will also offer a means for the students to critique their own and others’ achievements. For NZSL, use the assessment criteria in Unit 10 (Worksheet 10.1 Asessment criteria).

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Document Worksheet 14.3 Worksheet 1

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