Ali Farzadian Ali Farzadian

Across cultures, Housewrk lesson
A1 beginner level


In this lesson students practice their reading skills on a text called Housework in which an Italian woman talks about families now and families in the 1950s. This lesson will start by a chat over 2 pictures from Iranian families in 1950s and Iranian families now. Then students read the text for gist and details. finally they talk about Turkish families in the past and now in a role-play activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Housework in the context of family culture

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a role-play in the context of family


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

The teacher starts the class by putting 2 pictures on the board, one of which shows a family in the 1950s while the other shows a modern family. Students are asked to look at the pictures and match them with old and modern. Some differences are elicited and put on the board under the pictures.

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

pictures of the reading text with the following questions are given to students on a handout : 1) What do you see in the picture? (a family) Where do they come from? (Italy) 2)Are they at home? (yes) 3) what are they doing? (having a meal) which picture is new? (B) Then the teacher introduces the writer and her mother on the photos. and gives instructions for the next activity.

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

On their previous handouts students have received two pictures. Now they are divided into 2 groups for a jigsaw reading activity. each group is given a text to read individually (fast reading) and match with one of the pictures (reading for gist). They check the answers in their groups. The teacher gives feedback on the board writing the first sentence of each paragraph under it's picture.

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

1) True-False statements will be given to students to read again and answer. all the statements are about the paragraph they read. Now they mingle and find a classmate from the other group to make a pair, change papers and read their friend's paragraph to check their answers. Now an answer key is provided on the board for the feedback. 2) After showing some pictures and asking some CCQs for the new vocabulary in the text, some incomplete sentences will be given to students to complete in pairs and write A or B in front of them. This is followed by some repetition drills.

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

Students are given some cards to write something about themselves. there are 2 sets of cards, one set starts with "In our family..." while the other starts with "When my mother was a child...." Students write 3-5 sentences. Then they share them in pairs. This will be followed by feedback and error correction.

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