Houda Mataame Houda Mataame

Second TP 20 Sep 13
Upper Intermediate level


This lesson aims at exposing the students to the concept of placeholder names what they are used for in the English language. They will be able to practice their skills in reading for gist as well as reading in details. Finally, they will be given the opportunity to participate more in class and to more oral practice in the target language.


Abc Copies of exercise page
Abc Listening session
Abc Copies of Text
Abc Explanation of the text - page 128

Main Aims

  • To give students practice in reading for gist, detail as well as in listening.

Subsidiary Aims

  • - To focus on fixed expressions/ 'place holder names' - To give extra oral practice. - To expose the students to the TL.


Warmer/ Lead In (3-4 minutes) • To prepare the students to placeholder names

- Divide the students into pair and ask them if they know what their names mean. - Ask if their names can be translated into English. - After checking with their partners, each one to share the meaning with the whole class.

Focus on Vocabulary (5-6 minutes) • Expose students to placeholder names

- Divide the students into pairs. - Ask the students to read the extracts on the page and identify the names. - Ask them if they know what the names mean or refer to. - If the students are not familiar, I will explain by giving them the example of the word 'fulan' which is used in the Turkish language to refer to the same thing.

Vocabulary Pre-Teaching (5-7 minutes) • Prepare the students to the text they will read about The Invisible Man

- Give the students the explanation of the words: gape, startle, bandage and anticipate - Elicit the vocabulary by giving them definitions, assist them if they are not familiar with the words. - Write the words on the board, label them and show the students where the stress is on the word. - Drill chorally and individually

Extra activity (2-3 minutes) • To set the context of 'Invisible'

- Show the students the Tom and Jerry Video and ask them to guess what happened to Jerry (as he dives into invisible ink and becomes invisible). - Elicit the word: 'invisible'.

Reading For Gist (5-6 minutes) • To practice the students' reading and listening skills

- Ask the students to read the text for gist. Inform them that the reading will be for a short time and is only for them to get the general idea of the story. - Play the track from the workbook CD for them to know the right pronunciation. - Divide the class into pairs - Ask each pair to think which of the placeholder names corresponds to the character in the text and ask them to back their answer with a reason.

Reading For Details (10-12 minutes) • Controlled practice

- Ask the students to go back to the text and read it for the second time. - Ask them to answer the exercise on the exercise page by reading the statements and deciding whether they are true, false or if the text doesn't say. - Divide the class into pairs. - Ask the students to share their answers with their partners. - Share the answers with the class.

Final Activity (5-7 minutes) • Give the students more oral practice

- Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4. - Ask the students to guess what happened to the character in the text 'The Invisible Man'. - Run Feedback and then distribute the answer for them to check if they got the right one.

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