Mustafa Mustafa

Teaching Practice 6
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read a text about happiness and the ways of being happy. In the beginning, they will answer a related question about Turkey by showing a picture on the board. Then they should choose the best title for the article by skimming through the text. Next they will match some sentences with the correct paragraph by giving justification for each answer. After that, they match some words of the reading with the correct definition. At the end, they will discuss over two related questions in group.


Abc Reading Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about positive psychology in the context of happiness

Subsidiary Aims

  • 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


Warmer (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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

Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To engage student more with the topic

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.

Pre-Reading (3-4 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

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.

While-Reading 1 (Skimming) (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

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.

While-Reading 2 (detail-reading) (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

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.

While-Reading 3 (scanning) (5-9 minutes) • To cover the difficult words in the text and make the reading more understandable for Ss

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.

Post-Reading (freer-practice) (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to speak about the text and expand on what they've learned

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.

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