Debate – Should writing fake news be considered a crime? + Pronunciation: Consonants /z/ & /s/

Hello, my dear colleagues! Welcome to this post about the pronunciation of the consonants /z/ & /s/, which will be done in the form of a debate!

I was selected as one of the 10 DipTESOL Scholarship Contest finalists a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the scholarship, but I am still proud to be selected among so many other educators.

Pronunciation: Consonants /z/ & /s/

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Make a video (maximum 90 seconds) where you briefly demonstrate or explain your top 3 tips for teaching English effectively online. These tips could be related to planning, tools, equipment, activities, communication, or anything else that you feel would help teach classes effectively online. Include:

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Choose a learner or group of learners you know well and design a 60-minute online lesson for them. Please select a topic they will find motivating and relevant and then create a relevant communicative objective and language objectives that will support that communicative goal. Please include examples of the language you will teach. From your language objective, select pronunciation aims and include examples. Then, write a 200 to 300-word rationale for the topic and objectives telling us why this lesson is relevant to your learners.

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My final written task – Trinity DipTESOL scholarship competition

Level: A1- B1 (Mixed)

The number of students is 12, but I am not sure that they will show up for the lesson.

Lesson Topic: Should fake news be considered a crime?: Consonants /z/ and /s/

Communicative Objective/s: Presenting, collaborating, giving feedback, debating, sharing an opinion, analyzing facts, solving a problem, comparing the situation in different countries, designing a presentation.

Language Objective/s: fake news, considered, against the law, citizen, result, business, surprise, across, accident, position, user, presence

Pronunciation Objectives: The words are the same as above + the words students brainstorm, consonants /z/ and /s/ discrimination.

The rationale for the topic and objectives:

This lesson is created for my adolescent and adult online students from Brazil, Mexico, Span. Some of them are immigrants living in Arizona, U.S.A. The agree or disagree discussion part can be useful in the time of COVID19, and we mentioned fake news many times before. Also, Spanish speakers of English often have problems distinguishing between the sounds /z/ and /s/, and why I selected this lesson.


Interactive lesson material in, exit ticket in TypeForm, and vocabulary in Quizlet.


Vocabulary is practiced interactively, online, on Quizlet.

Exit ticket survey

Exit tickets serve as a form of self-reflection for the student and as feedback to the teacher because you will be able to see what needs to be practiced further.

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Interactive lesson material

Interactive lesson material can be used for an online lesson or a face-to-face lesson. If you are interested in specific steps, go through the interactive presentation, click to see more tasks. Don’t forget to explore all the buttons, especially the teacher notes, which explain the activities you should do on almost every page.

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As I said initially, I was selected as one of the 10 DipTESOL Scholarship Contest finalists a few weeks ago. I didn’t get the scholarship, but I am still proud to be selected by many other educators. I have created a great lesson plan and a very nice interactive material (no false modesty here), and my students loved it! Even my colleagues liked it and wanted to create something similar, so in the end, I can say that I actually did win something! ?

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