Teaching Practice 6
Upper Intermediate level
To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about positive psychology in the context of happiness
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the impact of money on happiness
To provide clarification and practice of related words to happiness in the context of happiness
Procedure (30-45 minutes)
Teacher will ask a personal question related to the reading to set the context and personalize the topic. Are you a happy person?Why? Students can answer to this question voluntarily
In this part, I will show a picture of a Turkish smiley man and ask a question: Would you describe Turkish people as generally happy or unhappy? Why? They will talk in pairs. When they are finished, teacher will ask the result from the whole class.
Teacher will tell students they are going to read a text. He will tell them: The name of this lesson is positive psychology. What do you think the text is about? This question will be asked from the whole class.
Teacher will give the students two handouts, a paper containing the text and and a paper of a multiple-choice activity. Teacher will give them one minute to skim through the text, get the main idea of the reading and choose the best title from the options given in the second handout. Then in pairs, they will check their answers together. Teacher will show the sentences on the board and ask the answer from the students. They should have justifications.
Students will have 5 minutes to read the whole text. They will be told not waste their time by focusing on the words they don't know. When they are finished, they will be given a handout containing 7 sentences which they have to match 5 of them with each paragraph in pairs. After that, teacher will elicit answers from the students and ask them to bring justification for each answer.
In this stage, students will get a paper. There are 7 definitions of a word from a mentioned paragraph. They must match the definitions with the words in the text. They will do it in pairs and check their answers with the answer key. They can show the place of the place of the word in each paragraph by seeing the paragraphs on the board.
To work on the productive skills, they will see two questions on the board about real life. Does money bring happiness? Are rich people most of the times happy? They will be given 3 minutes to talk about it groups of three. If time, they will share their ideas in the class.