Page 1: New Vocabulary and Phrases—Setting the Table
Page 2: Ranking Activity
Page 3: Reading Comprehension
Page 4: Warm Up Activities
Page 5&6: Grammar Meets Conversation
Page 7&8: Conversation Starters
Page 9&10 Table Talk—Speed Dating
Page 11 The Final Talk—Writing a Five-Sentence Paragraph
Page 12: Chapter Summary—Clearing the Table
Page 13&14: Matching Activity
Senses Talk is conversation-based learning. This lesson is designed to help teachers create an atmosphere conducive to conversation by making the language spoken in class both comprehensible and engaging and build student confidence in answering questions. This will allow students to practice speaking English without the fear of being “on stage”. With “SenseTalk!” students can spend time formulating their conversations, self-reflect and self-assess, have realistic conversations with peers of differing skill levels, and in the end, feel confident in their abilities. This will encourage participation by making sure everyone get a turn to use their ability in a way they are comfortable to. When something can be learned without effort, great effort has gone into its teaching. This lesson has done the hard work for you. Enjoy.
Note to teachers: The factoid that we have five senses is one thing that "everybody knows". The reality however is substantially more complicated. In 2005 a New Scientist article pointed out that, "there are at least 21 senses and possibly more." Whether teachers want to begin by explaining this to students using something like the introduction below, or simply challenge them to explain what senses they use to detect heat and cold will be up to each teacher.
Possible introduction: The traditional five senses, attributed to Aristotle, are sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. However, since then, scientists have concluded that there are many more senses including: nociception (pain), equilibrioception (balance), proprioception & kinesthesia (joint motion and acceleration), sense of time, thermoception (temperature differences), with possibly an additional weak magnetoception (direction).
Care should be taken not to confuse the physical senses - which detect and interpret either internal or external physical events - with more subjective, or emotional ones such as a sense of humour, of honour, of duty, of perspective, common sense etc.