The first eight months of 2017 have been terrible for the US Navy in the Asian region. Four ships have been damaged and lives have been lost due to collisions at sea. It is as though the basic seamanship used to operate a ship has been either forgotten or unable to be carried out properly when the ship operates late at night. We also look at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and that nation’s inability to provide adequate housing for media and athletes, yet the American population is inundated with news on how Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election with an elaborate and high-tech scheme. Your students will enjoy discussing how blue-collar skilled labor is being overshadowed with modern technology, and how it seems that people would rather work with a gadget instead of with their hands in this highly engaging lesson!
This lesson is appropriate for adult English language learners at the advanced level but is adaptable for upper-intermediate learners. It has a discussion phase, vocabulary study phase, a reading/listening passage followed by reading/listening comprehension questions, and finally some additional conversation and role-play activities.
I have used it in individual and large group settings and found it to be a very flexible and useful resource. It is recommended that 45 minutes is allowed to cover this lesson, however, extending this lesson to two 45-minute lessons might be necessary to process the vocabulary, cover the higher forms of thinking provided by the comprehension questions.