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ESL free Hogwart's House listening + speaking communicative lesson plan

Objectives- To practice character adjectives through listening and speaking. To practice question formation and critical thinking skills.

1. First you'll need some kind of warmer. Have the students discuss what they know about the four Hogwart's Houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Other possibilities include a clip from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where the first-year students put on the sorting hat.

2. Tell student's that the sorting hat is on vacation (or out of magic, or on strike, or whatever) and is not available to sort students into houses. Hogwart's needs their help to interview first-year students and assign each one to a house. Every student will have an opportunity to be an interviewer and an interviewee.

3. Tell students that before they can interview people and assign them to houses they have to be trained. Their training consists of listening to previous sorting hat songs to see how the sorting hat make up its mind. I think its best to go over unfamiliar vocabulary before doing the listening, but at some point you have to go over it.

Listening 1
Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can top them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a steady mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none)
For I'm a Thinking Cap!'

For each House, tick the adjectives and other describing words you heard:

Gryffindor

brave
unafraid of toil
wise
a ready mind
cunning
daring
just
wit
chivalry
loyal
patient
nerve
true
use any means to achieve their ends
learning
Ravenclaw

brave
unafraid of toil
wise
a ready mind
cunning
daring
just
wit
chivalry
loyal
patient
nerve
true
use any means to achieve their ends
learning
Hufflepuff

brave
unafraid of toil
wise
a ready mind
cunning
daring
just
wit
chivalry
loyal
patient
nerve
true
use any means to achieve their ends
learning
Slytherin

brave
unafraid of toil
wise
a ready mind
cunning
daring
just
wit
chivalry
loyal
patient
nerve
true
use any means to achieve their ends
learning

Listening 2
A thousand years or more ago,
When I was newly sewn,
There lived four wizards of renown,
Whose names are still well known:
Bold Gryffindor; from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.
They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan
To educate young sorcerers
Thus Hogwarts School began.
Now each of these four founders
Formed their own house, for each
Did value different virtues
In the ones they had to teach.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.
While still alive they did divide
Their favorites from the throng,
Yet how to pick the worthy ones
When they were dead and gone?
'Twas Gryffindor who found the way,
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
Now slip me snug about your ears,
I've never yet been wrong,
I'll have a look inside your mind
And tell where you belong!

Gryffindor was... sweet
Ravenclaw was... shrewd
Hufflepuff was... bold
Slytherin was... fair

Gryffindor liked... students with great ambition
Ravenclaw liked... the bravest students
Hufflepuff liked... the cleverest students
Slytherin liked... hard workers

4. Tell students that their training is over. Have them prepare interview questions in pairs. They should be recycling quite a bit of vocabulary at this point: "What can we ask to see if someone is cunning or not?" The teacher should discourage questions like "Are you cunning?" and encourage questions like "What would you do if..." and "Have you ever..." etc.

5. Students pair up with a new partner, interview each other, and sort each other into houses. It might be interesting to see if other students agree with the interviewer about which house their classmate should be sorted into and why. Another possibility is to do some group work in which members from each house form groups (a group of Gryffindors, a group of Hufflepuffs, etc.).