Anastasia Anastasia

Intermediate level (B1) level


Abc New English File, Pre-Intermediate coursebook by Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of reading for gist and reading for detail using a text 'We are living faster,..' in the context of time pressure.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the expressions with the word 'time' in the context of the text about modern life that is getting faster and faster


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To get students talking and introduce the topic of the lesson.

Teacher shows students a picture. Students are asked to describe what they see in this picture: a man, he is running, there are clocks around. Why is he running? Who has ever run to school/work? Who is always in a hurry and needs to get everywhere fast?

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To develop students' ability of overall understanding of the text.

1. Teacher gives the instructions to read a text 'We're living faster' quickly and answer the questions: Is it optimistic or pessimistic? Why? 2. Students read individually. Teacher discusses the question with the class and elicit that the article is pessimistic. Living faster doesn't mean living better.

Reading for detail (12-14 minutes) • To develop students' ability to comprehend detailed information from the text.

1. Teacher divides students into pairs (A and B) and gives the instructions to read the rest of the article where they can find examples of how our lives are getting faster. Person A reads paragraphs 1-3, B reads 4-6 (jigsaw reading). Person A retells paragraphs 1-3, B retells 4-6 with the text covered. They should use the pictures and headlines written on the board to help them. Teacher checks answers by asking: Are any of these things true in Russia? Which?

Language focus (5-7 minutes) • To clarify the use of expressions with the word time.

Students are asked to swap their cards and give the second part of the text to the partner to read. In pairs, they should look at the highlighted expressions with the word time and match these expressions with definitions. Teacher checks answers, drills pronunciation if necessary.

Landuage practice (12-14 minutes) • To develop students ability to use expressions with the word time.

Teacher gives instuctions to look at the questionnaire. Students listen to 4 people, answering the first question and try to guess which activity they are talking about. Students tick the answers, compare with their partners. Teacher checks answers. Students interview each other using the questionnaire. Teacher monitors and gets feedback.

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