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Teaching Practice 5
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students read a text about regret. The lesson starts with a discussion about some survey results on regret in life. This is followed by pre teaching vocabulary for the while reading stage. After reading the text, there are some controlled practice about the text and freer practice including listenig.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about regrets

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about top 5 regrets


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Project the picture, ask questions to set the context such aswho she is, how she feels and why. After eliciting the answers, write "regret" on the board and ask about their last regrets, give example like 'i wish I had drunk coffee this morning, I feel sleepy."

Pre-Preading - Vocabulary focus (3-4 minutes) • to pre-teach the vocabulary needed for comprehending the text.

Give them the words and idioms "dwell on, survey, lay the blame at sb else's door and getting on the property ladder". Write the words and idioms one by one on the board and ask Ss if they know the meaning or not, elicit the answers and write on the board. Drill for pronunciation.

Pre-Reading - prediction (7-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text

Show Ss the sheet, say thay they'll read about an article about what people regret in life. Ask them to fold the paper and comlete part a with their partners; decide whether the sentences are true or not. Distribute the handouts, monitor them and elicit their answers, but don't give the correct answers. While they are discussing, open Frank Sinatra - My Way song.

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide to check their predictions while reading for specific information

Ask Ss to read the first part of the reading text and check their answer for part a with their partners. While eliciting the answers ask why the sentences are true or false. Project the HO on WB and show the correct answers in the text.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed and inference reading

Ask Ss to fold their sheets again and complete part c individually. Then ask the to check with their partners, they can check from the text as well. Then ask for the answers and let them write the answers on the board.

Post-Reading #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students personalize the topic

Ask Ss to read the last part of the text; top 20 regrets. Remind them that they are not in order and ask them to make a list on what they think the top five regrets were in the survey, part c. Ss work in pairs. Give them time, monitor them and then elicit the asnwers.

Post-Reading #2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to check their answers by listening an audio and discuss about the topic

Ask them to listen and check their list. Ss check in pairs and let them listen again. Then ask how many did they get right? What are they? Write the correct answers on HO projected on the board. If time permits, ask 'Which do you think would be the top regrets in your age group?' Ss discuss in pairs, then discuss as a whole class.

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