Omid Omid

Alternative Treatments
B1+ (Top Notch 3) level


A heterogeneous coed class of 18 Turkish native students.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Alternative Treatment
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of Medicine

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about different choices on alternative medicine.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Project the lead in questions on the screen, have students exchange ideas in pair or 3s. Feedback: Ask the whole class what alternatives do they know to conventional form of treatment. * What are some ways of treating diseases other than visiting a doctor?

Pre-Reading (6-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Divide the class into 3 groups have them go to the board and match the slips of paper having names of alternative treatment on them with the pictures on the wall. They should check the pronunciation of each word on Cambridge online dictionary. Once they are done matching they should check other two teams' work to make sure they have same answers.

While-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

Ss quickly scan the 5 texts provided and match the projected words on the board with each text. They will check their answers with a partner and then the answers will be shown on Vestel

While-Reading 2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading tasks

Distribute the questions. Ss read the texts in more details and answer the questions. Check the answers as whole class.

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

Ss discuss the discussion questions in groups of 3.

Activation (10-12 minutes) • Provide SS with e opportunity of using the target language in a more meaningful context

There is a set of Ss patients profile for which Ss have to suggest the appropriate treatment from the text they read and the treatments on the wall. They should draw a table for this and fill it in with the required information. Then they check their ideas with other teams

Optional Freer activity (5-7 minutes) • Provide more speaking opportunity in the context of Alternative treatments

Do this task in case the other activities finish earlier than expected. Ss interview each other about the kind of treatment they prefer to have in case of certain ailments.

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