Josephine Percy Wesley Josephine Percy Wesley

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practise reading for gist and for details in the context of friendship. This will be followed by a speaking activity. Ss will practice free speaking to express their opinion about the passage.


Abc Task sheet, visuals,

Main Aims

  • To provide practise for reading for gist and detail

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practise in free speaking to express their opinion about the passage


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Welcome the students and talk to them about friendship... tell students how I spent the weekend with my friends and then find out from them how often do they meet their good friends. Also find out,do you spend time with people you don't like?

Pre-Reading/Pre-teaching (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

To pre teach A FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE, A CLASSMATE- Give one sheet of visuals of a friend, a colleague and a classmate and also the vocab cards to every table, as a group ask them to identify- elicit from them the answers..... Check the meaning - CCQs Is the colleague a workmate? Can we also have busmate, flatmate....? Also pre teach words Directory - use a visual and elicit CCQ -Do you have a directory in your phone? yes Which page is it? -the contacts page socializing - use a visual and elicit CCQ - Is a party at the office a social event? - Yes How about friends visiting us at home? - Yes invitation - define and elicit Is the invitation a written request? - Yes, it could also be a verbal one if its a small event. possessions - define and elcit CCQ- Does your possession include your books and clothes? - yes get rid of - give the word and ask for meaning. CCQ- What do we do with unwanted things? - get rid off them. Drill the pronunciation and stress of all the words..

While-Reading (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ask ss to read the passage and get the main idea of the topic. Give them 2 minutes to read the passage. Check their understanding - get answers from all the tables - what is the meaning of " edit your friends"

While-Reading #2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ask students to read the passage again and answer the questions. They have to choose the best summary for each paragraph... there are 4 paragraphs and 4 questions... so where do you get the answer for the 3rd question? - in the 3rd paragraph ICQ - What are you going to do? - read and choose the correct answer do you have to write? - No, just mark a tick Monitor, feedback and error correction

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

Ask them, do you agree with the article? do you need to edit friends? Ask them how many of them agree and how many do not? Take a show of hands... Find out from few students why they agree and why they don't agree... give them useful language as hints to develop their conversation. Demonstrate using the hints.... for both agree and disagree. I agree with that.... I think that's true because.... For example, I have a friend who.... I don't agree with that .... I don't think that's true.... Rearrange the groups - if possible pair them one agree and one disagree, if not, let each table have few who agree and disagree. Ask them to speak in pairs. If there is time, give them one more topic to discuss and express their opinions - Topic- Men keep their friends longer than women (or give to those pairs who finish fast).

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