Merlin Mladenova Merlin Mladenova

Family context - reading / speaking TP1 Merlin
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will start off with a reading task related to family which will take the form of a jigsaw activity. For that purpose they will previously be shown certain photos and made to guess the content of them after which they are supposed to match the photos to abstracts from the text. Guessing the photos will also give them a chance to practice some speaking. Then they will have to re-read the text where they will have to find certain information. As the concept is family, the lesson will continue with an exercise with sentence-forming and practicing vocabulary about family members. Students will be shown the Royal Family Tree and they will be given HOs where they need to identify the relationship between the different members (niece-uncle, mother-son and etc.). I am planning to end the lesson with a game which is as follows: students are divided in 2 or 3 groups depending on the number of the students that arrive to class. They will form 3 queues and be given names. Papers with family member words will be stuck to the board. I will read out loud a definition (the son of your aunt). And the first one to find it on the board and grab it gets a point. The group with the highest number of points wins.


Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a discussion in the context of family

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review and practice of family members in the context of family


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show a family photo of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and elicit information regarding their status.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Show students photos which correspond to each paragraph of the text. Before they know it they need to guess who the people on the photos are and what connection they do have with the photo-holder and their reason to think so. Then each student is given a paragraph of the text which they need to match to one person on the board. They are supposed to know the names of the people on the board after reading their texts.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Now students are being given the whole text. Before that I write down on the board 4 statements. After readind in detail, students are supposed to match each statement to one of the people and to state where in the text such a statement is made.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Here they are introduced to the British Monarchy system. Through that they will have the chance to revise/learn vocabulary related to family relationships. (mother, brother, father-in-law, nephew, niece and etc.). I prepared a gap-filling exercise here for them. They are supposed to look at the Royal Family Tree and decide what is the relationship between this people. I will divide them in 3 groups so that each group has 4 questions to answer.

Final Game (6-10 minutes) • To practice the words introduced before

Family related words are stick to the board. Students are divided into 4 groups. I read out loud the definition and they need to run and grab the piece of paper from the board. The group which gathers most points wins.

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