Unit 4 - Language and Communication

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Unit 4 - Language and Communication

Why do humans speak, while animals communicate in other ways? In this unit, your students will take a closer look at the different theories of the origin of language. They will explore the different ways in which animals communicate, familiarize themselves with the fascinating history of the English language, and learn how idioms have evolved and may continue to evolve. Finally, for evaluation purposes, students will read a text about the future of communication. 



Here is the content of the Digital Teacher's Toolkit ''Pour l'enseignant":


1. Reproductible material

  • Pedagogical notes
  • Support | All texts, questions and exercices in the activity book are modified for students who have difficulties
  • Enrichment | An additional text including questions and consolidation activities, is available for student who need more challenges
  • Grammar exercices
    • Synonyms and Antonyms
    • Cognates
    • Count and Non-Count Nouns
    • Quantifiers
    • Information Questions
    • How much / many / How often / far / near / long / tall / etc.
  • Mini-grammar tests
  • Texts and questions to print (Development and Origin of Languages)
  • Answer Key


2. Material to project in class

Interactive grammar tools | To energize the teaching of grammar.

Project this interactive tool in the classroom, which allows you to virtually manipulate words based on various grammatical concept:

  • English verb tenses
  • Pronouns and possessives
  • Pronunciation of regular verbs
  • Plural forms of nouns
  • Spelling of -ing and -ed forms
  • Asking questions



Would you Rather...? activities | Fun interactive activities linked to the theme that stimulate conversation.

Let your students have zany conversations and debate over odd subjects with this interactive version of the popular Would You Rather game. It’s a playful way to improve their vocabulary and give free rein to their imagination.

Would you rather...

  • Learn Parseltongue (the language of snakes in the world of Harry Potter) in a few days or learn Chinese in a few years?
  • Be able to talk to animals like Doctor Dolittle or be able to feel other people’s emotions?
  • Teach your language to a foreigner or learn the language of a foreigner?
  • Communicate only with sign language or read only in braille?
  • Travel with someone who talks way too much or travel with someone who doesn’t talk at all?
  • Communicate with people by writing letters or communicate with people by clapping in Morse code?
  • Develop a new communication technology that uses holography or one that uses telepathy?
  • Be able to speak two languages perfectly or be able to speak 20 languages?
  • Sing everything you say (like in an opera) or shout everything you say (even secrets)?
  • Own a watch that can stop time or own a watch that can speed up time?



Commented mediagraphy

Internet links, including videos, quizzes, reports, etc.

Text and activities in HTML format

The activity book to project in HTML format with corrections displayed one by one.