Mehrdad Mehrdad

Teaching Practice 6
Elementary A1/A2 level


In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to practice practice reading for gist and reading for detail within the context of "life events" . Students will also go over some useful collocations and vocabularies which will be necessary for their reading practice.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Nelson Mandela in the context of "Life Event"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of collocations in the context of "Life Event"


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

Teacher shows his own "life event" photos to students. (Birth, Home town, Going to University...) While showing the pictures, T tries to elicit the relevant collocations and prepositions. Teacher will monitor if students already know the collocations or the prepositions required for stating particular date (day, month, year)

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teacher will try to elicit the collocations in Ex. 1 (collocation handout) using his own life events. Students will be asked to do the Ex. 1. There will be peer checking and WC feedback. Teacher will try to elicit the prepositions used with each of the adverbials of time. Students will be asked to answer the Ex. designed for time adverbials. The teacher will try to elicit and pre-teach the new vocabulary of the reading text by using pictures.

While-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The students will be asked to read a text about Nelson Mandela. Initially, they will have only 1 minute to read the text and decide about the title of the text. Then students will be given the Reading HO1 (Specific Information Questions). They will have 3 minutes to answer the questions. They will have then time to check their answers with their peers. Then there will be WC feedback. Then the teacher will provide answer keys.

While-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

The teacher will give the students Reading HO 2 (Detailed Information Questions). The students will have 5 minutes to answer the questions. They will have later time to check their answers with their peers. The teacher will provide WC feedback. The teacher will divide students into groups of four. They will be given strips of papers containing various stages of Nelson's life and they are required to put them in chronological order. The students later will have time to go around the class and check other groups' answers. Finally, the teacher would stick a few answer keys on the wall.

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

The teacher will provide students with a sample of his own life events and will ask students to use it as a model and try to come up with their own life events. The students may then exchange their writings and do the peer correction. The teacher will ask a few students to read their life events. If any mistakes the teacher will first try to elicit the correct from from students and if not successful he will provide the correct form as the delayed correction.

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