Reading Lesson, Las Fallas Festival
Scanning a text in order to answer specific questions about festivals.
To use festival-related vocabulary from the text to complete a summary.
Procedure (31-45 minutes)
The teacher will try to remember their names and learn the ones he cannot. Afterwards, the teacher will ask them to organise their seats in a way that they are shaped like a semi-circle and he will place his seat in a central position so that he is at an equal distance to each of them.
The teacher will divide the students into 3 groups and show a picture of Las Fallas festival on the board which will not be easy for the students to understand as the theme of the festival is fire. Then the T will ask them to discuss about it might be. If he does not get the answer in about 5 to 10 seconds, he will give them letters of the word 'FESTIVAL' in a mixed order and ask them to figure out the word together ( ICQ- alone or together). Once the word is agreed on, the T will show clearer pictures of the festival, give examples of other famous festivals and ask the students to think of a festival they know of with their group mates and try to come up with some information.
The teacher will draw the students' attention to the fact that some national days in Turkey (i.e. the 23rd of April and 29th of October) are not to be mistaken for festivals by showing them pictures and directing questions.
The teacher will show pictures related to the vocabulary students will come across in the text on the board one by one and orally make the students aware of the English words that would be matched with each picture. The teacher will also ask the students to repeat the words after him and put the written forms of words on the board in a pattern.
The teacher will ask the students to read the text with the purpose of finding answers to the questions given before reading the text. While the students are reading the text, the teacher will remove the words off the board quietly as a preparation for the next stage.
Students answer the questions individually. Afterwards, they will be paired to check their answers with each other.
The teacher will instruct the students to fill in the gaps with the right words in the box, subsequently, he will give them the related handouts and ask them to do it on their own. (ICQ - on your own or in groups?) By the time the students are given the handouts, the papers on the board will have already been removed, so the students will have to try to remember. For the feedback, students will be asked to go up to the board and write.
The teacher asks the students to write a short summary of a festival they know or make up an imaginary festival. Teacher gives an example of an imaginary festival to clarify. (ICQ - long and detailed explanation or a summary?). When the students have written their summaries, they read them to each other.