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Machines Behaving Badly -TP 7
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will study on reading as a receptive skill. The lesson will start with a discussion about 'Technology'. T will present two articles about the topic, then 'Gist Reading and Detailed Reading' will take place respectively. In the end, Ss will do a follow-up speaking activity about actual technology which has been designed by the T.


Abc Article cuting Edge Ss book page 81
Abc New Cutting Edge pg. 80

Main Aims

  • To provide scan, gist and detailed reading practice using a text about modern technology in the context of machines behaving badly.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of negative effects of modern technology.


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

T puts 6 cutting edge hi-tech device pictures on the WB and elicits 'HI-TECH'. T asks what they consider before 10 years ago and when they were children. Pics stays on the WB for Post-Reading Activity.

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

T gets Ss to go back 11 years in time and gives the words and phrases in the book then asks 'WHICH OF THESE DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE OF?' . T T passes out the ''pics on the book''. Ss are to 'Work in Pairs' for 1 min. T asks Ss to tell what was the Hi-Tech 10 years before. T checks the meaning of the words and phrases in the box. In this stage, T aims to introduce the concept of 'High-Tech' with the pics and the info which will be elicited from the Ss.

While-Reading #1 Reading for Gist (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T asks Ss if feels negatively or positively. T gets Ss to match the paragraphs with the sentences on section 4. T gets Ss to compare their answers in groups

While-Reading #2 (Scan Reading) (4-6 minutes) • To get students to look for spesific information.

T gets Ss to the task at the Stage 6, then WCFB takes the stage.

While-Reading #3 (Intensive Reading) (8-10 minutes) • Covering the TL

T asks Ss Qs in Ss' book, section 7, p.81 . In summary, Ss will discuss what they learned from this Reading lesson.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T passes out the 'hi-tech gadgets' sheets, then he/she gets Ss to work in pairs to guess what the objects are. T asks for Ss' ideas about those cutting edge hi-tech devices and nominates some of them if necessary. WBFB takes the stage.

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