Discussing Language

This lesson would be good to do at the beginning of the final year, to remind the learners of the importance of language and why they are studying it.

In the lesson, the learners read through a list of quotes about language and choose one which means something to them. They then research ideas around the quote, and design and produce a poster based on the quote. Then they present their poster to the class.


  • to get the learners thinking about language again
  • to introduce learners to the idea that they have to research things
  • to introduce learners to the posters and infographics
  • to evaluate the learners’ abilities in researching, designing and presenting posters/infographics

Materials Required

  • edited list of quotes about language. You could choose to use all the quotes on this document or to edit it down.
  • materials to make posters: paper, pens etc. It is best to do this task on paper at first. later in the course the learners can create electronic infographics.

Time Required

This will take at least two class hours.


Choose one quote from the document. Present it to your learners. Ask them if they agree/disagree with it. Can they think of any examples which can illustrate the truth or otherwise of the quote?

Give the learners the set of quotes. Ask them to read through it and identify the quote they most like/dislike or agree/disagree with.

Tell the learners they now have to research the quote and produce a poster based on this. The poster will be A3 or A2 or flip-chart size, depending on your resources.

Tell them that the will have to present their poster to the class.

Explain the requirements of the poster. The poster must include:

  • A Title
  • The Quote
  • Information about the author of the quote
  • Examples and statistics to illustrate the quote
  • The learner’s opinion about the quote

Explain the process:

  • research the author of the quote
  • research ideas, examples and statistics around the quote
  • plan your poster
  • show your poster ideas to a partner for feedback
  • produce your poster
  • practice presenting your poster to a partner
  • present your poster to the class

Give them a time limit.

Monitor and help them during the poster production and presentation practice phases.

Give general feedback on the quality of posters and presentations.

Use the information you have gained from this lesson to plan future work on posters and presentations with this class.