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'Are you suffering from stress?' : reading lesson
Pre-Intermediate. A2 level


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a class debate/discussion about who gets priority in the context of in a doctor's waiting room because they are 'the most stressed'
  • To provide practice of health lexis in the context of stress and illness


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will come in after the class has settled. T will drop sheets on the floor, be on the phone talking frantically about how much they have to do and how little time they have. They will write the wrong date on the board, and the wrong day and then will leave the classroom saying they quit. Coming back into the room normally. Write the sentence 'Our teacher feels really really ______' on WB Get students to work in pairs and decide on the best word. Clarify why 'stressed' is the best answer. CCQs What is stress? Can you smell stress? Can you taste stress? Is it a good feeling or a bad feeling? When might you feel stress? What makes you feel stressed?

Pre-Reading/Listening (12-15 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Introduce the class to Dr. Badem. Write the word 'stressed' under him. Tell students he lives in Istanbul like them. He has a wife and 2 children. What are some things that might be causing him to feel stressed? Draw an ideas map and line up words along similar lines. The doctor feels stressed because.... -Category ideas - Feelings Bodily symptoms External reasons for stress - related to place/city Job Family Money

While-Reading/Listening #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

I want you to imagine you are waiting, at Doctor Bardem's clinic because you haven't been sleeping, you can't think, you feel sick. And you pick up this information sheet about stress. Class has a minute to read the article. Fold the sheet in half. Working alone, No talking and pens down! ICQ : Are you talking? Are you writing? Now, with table, discuss 'What is the best title for the article?' (Discuss in pairs) Class discussion/ CCQ's Why not 'Adrenaline and Cortisol?' Why not 'the most stressful jobs?' Why 'Are you suffering from stress?' A : Look at the first line, and the last line. Who is the writer talking to?

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Students will read article again and answer questions 1-7 (10 mins) In groups they will discuss their answers. T will write up answer key on the board.

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

So, what are some questions we could ask to find out if someone is feeling stressed? Elicit 3/4 questions. Pretend you are in a doctors surgery waiting to see the Doctor because you have some problems. I want you to organise yourself in a line in order of who is the most stressed. Who gets to see the doctor first?

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