Nisha Nisha

Practice gist reading and reading to find detailed information in the context of a report on unsupervised playing for children.
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will have practice in reading for gist and detail for finding specific information. The text, in this context is a study published in a health magazine. The study supports unsupervised playing for children. The students will also practice speaking through discussion in groups by sharing their thoughts and ideas on this subject.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about report on unsupervised playing for children and familiarise with vocabulary related to the topic.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To review vocabulary and provide speaking practice for fluency.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Share a personal experience: I used to play unsupervised almost all the time as a child. I don't remember being seriously hurt or harmed. However, I don't do the same with my own children. How was your childhood? Is it different from your children's? This should start a discussion and lead into the topic of the lesson.

Pre-Reading (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T distributes the handouts to ss. Pre-teach vocabulary: risky, sedentary, obesity, chronic, cyberbullies, self-esteem, self regulate, psychological disorder Give vocabulary cards to ss where they match the meaning with the word. Hand out the answer key.

While-Reading #1 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

Ss will have to read for gist individually and do exercise 1,a gap fill exercise. They with then peer check the answers as an open group. Time allotted for the exercise- 5 minutes. CCQs- Are you reading with your partner? No Are you discussing the answers with your partner? Yes The answers to the first or two questions are elicited from the ss. The answers to the rest of the questions are written on the board by the T.

While-Reading #2 (8-11 minutes) • Reading practice for specific detail and free speaking practice.

Ss will be paired in 2s or grouped in 3s, depending on the number of students. Instruct ss to read and answer the questions in exercise 2 in pairs and then check as an open group, T will monitor the pairs and make notes for error corrections. Elicit answers from the students. Hand out answer keys to the students. The pre- taught vocabulary will be reviewed while answering the questions. Delayed error correction based on notes made while monitoring. Pronunciation and word structure. Model and choral drill, as required. T to ask for feedback. Do you agree with the author? Why/why not? Start an open paired discussion to get the ss' opinion on the topic of unsupervised play. Ask open questions: If your child could swim really well, would you let him or her go to the swimming pool alone? If your child fractured his hand in an accident while cycling downhill, would you let him go cycling without an adult supervising him? Would you allow your child to go rock climbing in the park by themselves? Are you aware of who your kids are chatting with online?

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • Free Speaking Practice-To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The open ended questions raised while reading will be continued as debate. If the class has a mixed opinion on this topic, the T will divide the class into two groups- one that agrees with the author and the other that disagrees. A debate can follow depending on the arguments of the students for and against the topic of unsupervised play. Ss will be given 5 minutes to discuss with their group. If the students agree on a conclusion, the discussion will be lead towards ss speaking in open pairs about their personal experiences as a child. T would ask questions to spur on the conversation. Example:Were they were allowed to play? Did they get seriously injured?(bruises, a few stitches fractured arm do not count!) How did it affect their health? Were they careless when adults left them unsupervised? Would they let their child do what they did as children? Why/why not?

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