Teaching Practice 7 - Reading
Beginners - A1 level
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about 'How to be a Millionaire' in the context of people's lives.
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of people's lives.
Procedure (31-44 minutes)
I will show the class a power point of my life as a millionaire to lay eggs in their brains so that when they do their freer practice they might have ideas of what they would do if the were millionaires. I will ask the students if they think it is easy to become a millionaire? Do they want to be millionaires?
Words that the students many find confusing or foreign have been extracted from the reading. In pairs, the students will match the word with its meaning. They will then compare their answers with the other near by groups before whole class feedback.
The class will participate in a jigsaw reading activity where they will be divided into two groups: A and B. Group A will be given the first passage of the reading where they will complete the corresponding questions. This will be individual work. After they had finished answering the questions, they will have a discussion with their peers to see if they had answered the questions correctly. Only after everyone is satisfied with their answers will I give them an answer key to go over their answers. They will then go back to the reading and discuss why their answers were correct or incorrect. Group B will do the same with their passage.
In the second stage of the jigsaw reading, each group will be given four true or false questions. Working individually, they will find the details in their reading that determines whether the answer is true or false. In their groups, they will then discuss the questions and come to a conclusion of their answers following which they present a single set of answers. I will then give them an answer key to check. If they have any incorrect answers, they must then go back to the reading and determine why their answers were incorrect.
The students will then be put in pairs with members from the opposite group. Group A will have a list of subjects to ask group be about their passage and the members from group B will have a list of subjects to ask group A. I will have the students sit opposite one another so that there is no exchanging of papers. It is imperative that everyone has a clear understanding of their own passage so as to pass on the correct information to their partner.
I will have the students sit next to one another in their pairs at tables that have been split so as not to have interference from other pairs. Each pair will be given a set of cards. The object of the activity is for the students to organise the cards into the correct chain of events. They will then compare their answers with the adjacent pair, formulating a small group. I will then allow the students to check their answers with their reading before providing them with an answer key.
I will have the students participate in a role playing activity where they will be boasting to see who is the richest millionaire. Basically, I will invite the students onto my yacht and we will boast to one another. I will demonstrate to the students how it is done. This is a nice way to close the lesson while remaining in context.