Farid Farid

Gender gaps on the brain
B2 level


The main aim of this lesson is integrated skills-reading and speaking. Ss will have the opportunity to read and talk about the differences between men and women's brains.


Abc Reading handout

Main Aims

  • To give Ss practice in the integrated skills of reading for gist and details.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking


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

Engage the students by asking them to read the title and describing the pictures on pages 40-41. Ask if ss think men and women are better at different things.

Lead in (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

put ss into pairs and tell them to discuss the questions. Ex. 1, p.40. give ss a few minutes to do the activity and check answers as a whole class.

Reading for gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

put ss into pairs. introduce the text, give them a few minutes to discuss and a few more minutes to read quickly and check their answers. Ex. 2, p.40. check answers as a whole class.

Reading for detail (8-11 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

ask ss to work individually. Tell them to read the text again and underline the sections that give the information. Ask ICQs to clarify any misunderstanding. Put ss into pairs to check their answers. Ex. 3, p.40.

Controlled practice (5-7 minutes) • To allow the students to practice guessing words from the context

Put ss into pairs. Explain that guessing meaning from context is an important skill. Ask ss to guess the meaning of the given words and phrases from the text, without looking at their dictionaries. Ex.4, p.40.

Speaking (4-6 minutes) • To allow students to share their opinion and personalize the matter after learning from the text

put ss in small groups. Allow time to discuss the questions in Ex.5, p.40. make sure they explain their opinions and ask eachother questions. Monitor and help if necessary.

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