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ESL Lesson Plans: Traffic Report

Level: ESL Advanced
Objectives: Familiarize students with the language of a traffic report; acquaint with street names, main intersections and abbreviations of common roads in Toronto, Canada.
Teacher Notes:
Ask students about their daily commute to school or work and the ways that traffic affects their travel arrangements. Put students in pairs or small groups and have them answer the conversation questions in the Warm Up section. Allow about 10 minutes for discussion. Take the questions up focusing on unfamiliar vocabulary (e.g.: detour, shortcut, collector-express lane highway, etc.)
Proceed to the Word Combination exercise. Students match words from two columns to create common word combinations. Exemplify as needed.
Focus on bolded words in the Agree or Disagree exercise. Clarify the meanings and monitor the pronunciation.
Tell students you’re going to read the traffic report very fast, the same way it’s read on the radio/TV news broadcast. Ask students to note (circle or underline) areas problematic for driving and the reasons for various traffic delays. In the same way, ask what areas have been cleared of previous problems.
Have students read the report again in pairs. Encourage to read very fast as in real time (oftentimes ignoring full stops, not really pausing between the words, sentences and paragraphs). Ask to find a sentence without a verb (see paragraph 5).
Students do the Odd One Out exercise looking for a word with a meaning other than the rest of the words in a row.
In the writing part, students construct sentences with words that have the same form but function as different parts of speech.
Student Worksheet

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