Hedyeh Zarrin Hedyeh Zarrin

reading: unusual achievement
upper intermediate level


In this lesson ss practice in the skill of reading for gist and speaking fluency in the context of achievements


Main Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about unusual achievement

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide a clarification of vocabularies related to the unusual achievement


Warm up#(3-5 mins (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T writes “Unusual Achievements” on the WB and tells a personal goal and asks Sts these questions: My goal is to climb 8 mountains. If I climb on my own, would it be something usual or unusual? To engage students with the topic T asks: Have you had any unusual achievements in your life?

Pre-teach essential vocabulary and warm up #2 (5-8 minutes) • to teach vocabulary that are related to the text

T sticks pictures and the words on the WB. T asks Sts to find the word that best goes with the picture. T asks: Supergran: Is this woman an old lady? (yes) What do you think she’s doing? (dancing) Is this something extraordinary? (Yes) Prodigy: Is this person a painter? (No, a musician) Who is he? (Mozart) Was he talented at the age of 5? (Yes) Prestigious: Have you heard of these universities? In which one would you prefer obtaining a degree? Why? Juggler: Has this man thrown some objects up in the air? Has he let those objects fall? (No – he repeatedly throws and catches) T sticks the words, drills and then clears the WB. T asks ss to look at the title and the pictures, and ask if they can guess what the people have achieved(Ex.1 P.52)

While reading #1 (5-7 minutes) • Ex.2 p.52

T put students into groups. Give every ss one of the paragraphs to read and in the same group tell them summerise that person's achievement to the other ss.

While reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • Ex.3a & 3b p.52

T give time to ss to do Ex.3 individually by readig again if necessary.(check the meaning if necessary) Then put them in pairs to compare and explain their opinions.(making full sentences)

Post-reading (8-10 minutes) • Speaking and feedback

T read the question of Ex.4b to yhe whole class Then put them in pairs to discuss and give opinions.

feedback(8-10mins) (5-8 minutes)

write 2 unusual project on WB like: 1.makeing a 100 layer hamburger 2.wone prizes for the best actor or actress ask ss which one they would prefer?why? give time to talk in groups or in pair(depends on members).monitoring and then ask some or all the students in groups to talk to the whole class.

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