Ping Pong: 11-14 English

Ping Pong - Doc Academy
Ping Pong - Doc Academy

Ages

11–14

Duration

Short (1-4 activities)

This engaging resource uses the film Ping Pong to explore themes such as stereotyping, ageism, compassion and community.  The four-lesson series will challenge students' perceptions around old age while developing key English skills, focusing on persuasive language in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Lesson One - What is a Pensioner?

Learners explore and challenge the stereotype of a pensioner by developing their skills of argument writing.  

Learning objectives: 

  • Read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Learn new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and understanding it with the help of context.
  • Make inferences and refer to evidence in the text.
  • Understand how language, vocabulary choice, grammar and text structure and organisation, present meaning.
  • Draw on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from reading and use these consciously in writing.  

Lesson Two - The Experiences of Les D'Arcy 

Focusing on the experiences of Les D'Arcy through different writing styles, students develop both reading and writing skills.  

Learning objectives:

  • Read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Learn new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and understanding it with the help of context.
  • Make inferences and refer to evidence in the text.
  • Consider how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it is intended.
  • Amend vocabulary, grammar and structure to their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness.
  • Pay attention to accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 1: Les Prepares for China, Clip 2: Les Beats Rune

Lesson Three - Playing is an Honour 

This lesson explores why older people would want to be competitive sports people through analysis and writing of newspaper articles. 

Learning objectives: 

  • Consider how their writing reflects theaudiences and purposes for which it is intended.
  • Amend vocabulary, grammar and structure to their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness. 
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 3: Sun Prepares for Competition, Clip 4: Sun Loses his Game

Lesson Four - Should the Elderly be Competitive Sports People?

Exploring arguments regarding whether elderly people should be able to play competitive sports, learners go on to fully plan and present a well-structured debate on the subject.  

Learning objectives:

  • Consider how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it is intended.
  • Amend vocabulary, grammar and structure to their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness.  
  • Clip(s) to Use - Clip 5: Terry and Dorothy

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Ping Pong - English 11-14 - Full Lesson Plan

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Ping Pong - English 11-14 - Lesson 1

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Ping Pong - English 11-14 - Lesson 2

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Ping Pong - English 11-14 - Lesson 3

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Ping Pong - English 11-14 - Lesson 4

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Video

Ping Pong - Clip 1 - Les Prepares for China

Les D'Arcy prepares for the World Table Tennis Championships in China.

Duration: 2:36 mins

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Ping Pong - Clip 2 - Les Beats Rune

Les beats Rune Forsberg of Sweden, and we learn about Les from his family.

Duration: 4:18 mins

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Ping Pong - Clip 3 - Sun Prepares for Competition

Sun Lao from China gets ready to face his opponents.

Duration: 2:54 mins

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Ping Pong - Clip 4 - Sun Loses His Game

Sun crashes out of the competition.

Duration: 0:59 secs

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Ping Pong - Clip 5 - Terry and Dorothy

We hear about two more of the competition's older players.

Duration: 9:59 mins

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This Resource Supports

  • English
  • PSHE Education

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