Esha Vellu Esha Vellu

Reading - Elementary
Elementary (A2) level


This reading text is about Andy Castle, a 37-year-old man who still lives with his family. Andy's mother and father are interviewed and give different opinions about what they think of their son still living with them, and then Andy is interviewed, giving his point of view about the situation.


Main Aims

  • Tp give Ss practice in reading for gist, specific information and detail in the context of adults living at home.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a discussion in the context of adults living at home


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Instructions - We are going to do an activity together. You will get to know more about me. Draw a spidergram similar to mine on your piece of paper. You can choose to answer all of the questions or just some. Draw a spidergram on the WB related to my personal information such as - Age, Marital Status, Nationality etc. Students can volunteer to ask questions and I write the answers on the WB. Tell students to draw a spidergram of their own and as I fill out my spidergram they can do theirs as well. At the end of the activity the students exchange their pieces of paper with their peers. Instructions - Please exchange your pieces of paper with the other groups. I will call out some of your names and when you hear the name which is on your paper, please tell me about the person from the information that you have on your paper. Now you know some of your classmates!!

Vocabulary Pre-Teaching (4-6 minutes) • To teach Ss some vocabulary they will encounter in the reading text

Instructions - We are going to do some vocabulary. Look at these words and see if you can give me a sentence using any one of these words? For example - I don't like coffee, I only like Turkish coffee. Choose 5 words from the reading text, elicit Ss to say these words in context sentences (Worksheet 2). Only (adverb) Meaning - no one or nothing more besides this (person, dog, place, amount - Subject) Sentence: There's no one in Taksim, there's only silence. My pants are torn, I bought them only last week. Still (adverb) Meaning - up to and including the present of the time mentioned; even now (or then) as formerly. Sentence : He still lives with his mother. He lied to her but she still believes him. Opinion (noun) Meaning - a belief formed about something or someone (says what you think about something or someone) Sentence - He doesn't look like he is a doctor, in my opinion he looks like a thief. Situation (noun) Meaning - a set of circumstances in which one finds oneself. Sentence - He is in a bad situation now because he overspent his money. Write words on WB and elicit from Ss what the words mean. Model and drill these words for pronunciation.

Language Focus - Writing Activity (Fill-in the gaps & matching) (5-8 minutes) • To arouse Ss awareness of TL

Instructions: We are going to do a fill-in the gap worksheet. You have to fill-in the gaps with the correct word. I'll do the first question with you. I don't know other languages. I speak *pause* Turkish. What do you think the answer is? Could it be the first word in the box? Yes. No. Answer: Only. What are you going to do? Fill-in the gaps. Please do the first exercise only. You have 2 mins. W/C FB Now, let's go through the answers (Nominate students to answer) Now, we're going to do Exercise No. 2 You need to match the words to the sentences. I'll do the first one - I think men and women like the same things. Is that an opinion or a situation? A situation? Why? An opinion? Why? Answer: An opinion What are you going to do? Write the answers or match the words? Match. Please do the rest of the questions. You have 2 mins. W/C FB Let's see what the answers are for the questions. (Nominate students for answers)

Lead-In - Reading Task 1 (3-5 minutes) • To arouse Ss' awareness and interest of the reading text

Instructions: I'm going to give you a picture of someone. I want you to discuss with your group about this person. Write down what you think of this person. See if you can guess his age, his job, where he lives, if he is married of single etc. You have 2 mins. Show Ss the picture of Andy Castle from Straightforward Elementary Student’s Book. Ss look at his picture and work in their groups, write down what they think of the person with 3 words. When they have finished, draw a spidergram for Andy Castle on the WB. So, now we have an opinion about who this person is.

Reading Task 2 (4-6 minutes) • To give Ss practice in reading for gist.

Instructions - Now, I will give you an article. Please read this article and match the headings on the WB to the correct paragraph. What are you going to do? Read and match. You have 2 mins Write down three headings on the w/b and show Ss the reading text (HO1). Ss read to match the headings with the text. Peer check When they have finished, tell them to compare their answers with their friends. Instructions - When you have finished, please check your answers with your friends. Do you have the same answers? No? Check as a whole class and deal with any question

Reading Task 3 (5-7 minutes) • To give Ss practice in reading for specific information.

Instructions - Let's read the article again. Can someone volunteer to read the first paragraph? (Nominate if no one volunteers) Continue with the remaining paragraphs. Instructions - Now, we are going to do another exercise. Read the questions and underline the correct word about Andy. ICQ: What are we doing? Are we writing the answers or underlining the answers? You have 2 mins. Tell Ss to work in different pairs and read the text about Andy again with HO2, underline the correct word in ex 2. Finish this task in 2 minutes. Monitor and help where needed. Peer check in one minute. Post the answer keys on the walls, ask Ss to do self-checking.

Follow-up Activity (10-15 minutes) • To provide Ss a review of the whole reading text and practice speaking in fluency.

Instructions - Now, in your group discuss with your friends about Andy. Do you think he should live with his parents? Why? Why not? ICQ: What are you going to do now? Discuss with your group. Tell Ss they will work in a group of three and talk about if they Agree/Disagree with Andy's mother/ father/Andy. They should also talk about Why?/Why not? Monitor from a distance but help where necessary. FB - Nominate one student from each group and report to the whole class.

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