Habibeh Habibeh

Gender gaps, Reading
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will read a text about "Gender gaps on the brain" ; which both revolve around the mind. The reading activity will be followed by a speaking task by the help of which the students will discuss some questions related to differences in females and males brains.


Abc Detailed reading HO
Abc Power Point Slide
Abc Gist reading HO
Abc Detaied reading answer key
Abc Speaking HO
Abc Reading text
Abc Lead in activity

Main Aims

  • • To provide the students with reading practice in the context of the mind

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a discussion in the context of differences between females and males minds


Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To give the students some ideas about the theme of the reading

-The teacher will start the lesson by shoeing two pictures about differences in minds of males and females. -Some questions will be asked: "Do you believe that men and women are naturally better at certain things? Which sex, if either, tends to be better at the following, communication with people, languages, map reading, maths, parking a car, cooking" -Students will be asked to discuss the answers with their partners. - whole class feedback

pre teaching vocabularies (7-10 minutes) • to prepare Ss for the reading stage

T shows some words on the board and asks Ss to take a look at them. Ss should write the words that they don't know on a piece of paper and then in pairs teach each other the words that they don't know. Then teacher will teach the words by students' help. (peer teaching)

gist reading (5-7 minutes) • To help students get the whole idea of the text

-T tells Ss that they should identify the best title for the text they should read the text quickly and write their answers individually then check their answers in pairs. -FB: Check in pairs, the whole class elicit( with justification)

Detailed reading (7-10 minutes) • To help students focus on details to answer the questions

-The students will be given 6 sentences and they explain the differences that are between them , they will do this task on their own. - They will have a pair-check. - There will be an answer key FB: check in pairs, followed by WCFB of problematic answers( with justification)

Speaking (8-10 minutes) • To give the students a chance to talk about topics related to the theme of the text

-the students are supposed to answer 3 questions about male and female brains. -the students are given almost 2 minutes to think about the questions and make some notes of their ideas. -The students will be discussing the topic in groups of four. -In each group, one person will be responsible to take notes of the ideas being discussed. - ICQ: will everyone in the group take notes? no FB: ask someone to read their answers. -The teacher will have some delayed corrections.

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