In our freewriting in class, some of the students reacted to the concern for animal rights by writing (sarcastically) that we should all become vegetarians. When we shared our writing, one student reported that her friend actually was a vegetarian and we discussed this option. Again, the same incredulity about such a decision. In fact, when we went over the public service announcements the students recorded, one pair made an additional announcement inviting humans to come in to become guinea pigs for science. “This is the only way to save the animals! Come in and volunteer today!” My colleague explained “tongue-in-cheek” and it was a lot of fun.
To conclude, we divided the students into pairs and each pair had to explain one of the quotes about animals in the Listening/Speaking book. It was just short enough to allow each team to speak but not to drag out the assignment. For those who have problems with pronunciation, teachers can assign them to do the explanation again on MyNorthStarLab and give them more feedback.