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Obligations and Options: The To-Do List Challenge


Obligations and Options: The To-Do List Challenge

Obligations and Options: The To-Do List Challenge

It sounds like you're looking to create an interactive classroom activity about using to-do lists to practice the language of obligation in English. Here’s a structured activity plan:

Activity Title: 

"Obligations and Options: The To-Do List Challenge"


To help students practice and understand the language of obligation in English through the creation and discussion of to-do lists.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Paper and pens for students
  • Example to-do list (prepared by the teacher)

Activity Steps:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):

  • Begin by discussing the concept of to-do lists. Ask students if they use them and how they keep track of their tasks.
  • Introduce the language of obligation, explaining modal verbs like "should," "could," and "must," and semi-modal phrases like "I'd love to," and functional language like "I really need to."

2. Teacher's To-Do List (10 minutes):

  • Share your example to-do list, using the language of obligation.
  • Conduct a listening task: students note down what they think are the most important tasks on your list.

3. Creating Personal To-Do Lists (15 minutes):

  • Students write their own to-do lists, including at least one fictional obligation.
  • Encourage the use of various modal and semi-modal verbs.

4. Pair Sharing (15 minutes):

  • Students pair up and discuss their to-do lists.
  • Each student tries to guess which task on their partner's list is fictional.

5. Group Discussion (10 minutes):

  • Gather as a class and discuss the merits of to-do lists.
  • Encourage opinions about their usefulness, effective methods, and personal preferences.

6. Reflection and Homework (5 minutes):

  • Ask students to reflect on what they learned about the language of obligation.
  • Assign a homework task: visit for further learning and prepare to share findings in the next class.

Additional Tips:

  • Adapt the time for each section based on your class length and student dynamics.
  • Ensure that every student participates in the discussions.
  • Offer feedback and correction on language use throughout the activity.

This activity combines listening, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, all while focusing on the language of obligation. It's also a great way to make learning English functional and relatable to everyday life.

Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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