Gökçe Guinaudeau Gökçe Guinaudeau

Teaching Practice 6
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about some phrasal verbs based on a reading text about smoking and they practise their reading skills with both initial and detailed reading tasks. The lesson starts with a discussion about reasons why people smoke and why they give up. This is followed by initial and detailed reading tasks. Finally there is a matching exercise of vocabulary and a free speaking activity about methods people use to give up smoking.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading in the context of smoking

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of smoking


Lead-in (9-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Play the short video of ' kid smoking experience ' once. After getting a short feedback about the video, students work in groups to talk about three good reasons for giving up smoking and three reasons why people smoke. Students give their answers to the teacher as an open class activity.

Initial Reading Task (3-4 minutes) • To help students get a general understanding of the text

In exercise1, students skim the text without headline and choose the best headline. Students get feedback by removing the piece of paper covering the headline.

Detailed Reading Task (9-10 minutes) • To encourage students to read more thoroughly

After reading the tasks in Exercise2, students read the text for one more time, this time more time is given. Students check their answers in pairs before we go over them with the whole class. Students give the answers to the teacher.

Focus on Vocabulary (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed reading task to deduce the meaning of vocabulary

In exercise3, students read the sentences and match the underlined phrases to their synonyms in the text. They make the necessary changes in terms of grammar. Students check their answers by comparing them in pairs. Give the feedback on board ( power-point ).

Follow-up Activity (8-10 minutes) • To practise their speaking skills and react in a personal way to the reading article

Students change pairs / groups and share ideas about different methods people use to give up smoking and also for the students who smoke, if they have ever tried to give up smoking, which methods have worked, which haven't.

Feedback and Error Correction (6-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' use of language

While students are doing the follow-up activity, collect data on students' language use and then give language feedback on board in terms of good language and reformulation. Elicit options for reformulation.

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