Lesson POL-7

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Be respectful, come prepared with relevant material and show interest in order to have the best possible educational experience.

Learning outcomes

During the course of this lesson, you will learn:

  • Listen to and describe how to use rhetorically and grammatically empowered spoken English.

  • Choose and incorporate sources in your mock debate or negotiation.

  • Interact with another student (or alone) and record a rhetorically empowered mock debate or mock negotiation, using correct grammar, fluency and a varied vocabulary.

Lesson outline

Essential exercise: pre-watching exercises

Detailed exercise: The Great Debate, episode 3

Advanced exercise: vocabulary exercise

Homework and exit ticket

Essential exercise: pre-watching

Before watching The great debate: Focus on the core

Time for the exercise: 20 minutes

Before watching the show:

  • The topic is Should We Abolish the Monarchy in Sweden? What is your opinion on the Swedish monarchy?

  • What arguments do you think the debaters will use?

  • Click the vocabulary list below and read both the English and Swedish versions of the words used during this episode.

Vocabulary - Eng/Swe

  • think on your feet - säga något på raken vital - avgörande

  • elected leader - vald ledare relate to - relatera till

  • perceive - uppfatta doing harm - göra skada

  • fundamental - grundläggande assumptions - antaganden

  • hierarchy - hierarki superiority - överlägsenhet

  • granted - beviljat, eller givet att deprived of - berövad av

  • impact - påverkan prosper - välstånd

  • lavish - slösa swiftly - snabbt

  • in favour of - till fördel av

Detailed exercise: The great debate

Watch The great debate: Focus on the core and discuss

Time for the exercise: 20-30 minutes

Use the padlet to note your thoughts: https://padlet.com/feke_norman/rgflkaqfh1ak5rch

  1. How well do the speakers respond to the points of information, do you think? Can you think of better ways? Take an extra look at Jacob.

  2. What do you think of “theatrical” performances? For example, does Jacob come across as less trustworthy or is his approach, in fact, rather effective?

  3. In what ways can you see Donald Trump as the better speaker than Barack Obama? Do you agree with what the coach says?

  4. Why was Elinor’s phrase “wild assumptions” a strong and effective one? How would you have responded to that?

  5. In your opinion, who won the debate?

  6. Using the assessment rubrics, how would you assess their spoken English? What are their strenghts and areas of improvement?

Source: UR, retrieved 2021

Advanced exercise: vocabulary

Defining vocabulary using a Frayer model

Time for the exercise: 20-30 minutes

  1. Select a word from the vocabulary list to describe.

  2. Watch the video to the right

  3. Create a Frayer model and include:

    • A definition

    • Characteristics

    • Examples

    • Non-examples

  4. After 30 minutes, 3 students will be randomly selected to show their Frayer model and explain their word.


    • Google your word + define = Oxford definitions

    • Google your word + anontym = Oxford similar or opposite words

Exit ticket

"Today, I felt I was great at ..."


Record a short spoken argument on Flipgrid on the topic:

Should We Abolish the Monarchy in Sweden?