Jennifer Jennifer

1B - Reading about retirement
Intermediate - B1 level


In this lesson, students will practice their skimming skills and revise their knowledge of the past tenses with an article about retired athletes. They will have some pre-reading discussion and then they will be asked to order the paragraphs. The students will then match the topic sentences to each paragraph and search for the noun forms of different adjectives and verbs. They will finish with a few class discussions on retired Georgian athletes and retirement in Georgia.


Abc Reading passage
Abc Topic Sentences
Abc Powerpoint
Abc Whiteboard and markers
Abc Speakers

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have had gist and inference reading practice using a text about retirement among athletes in the context of sports.

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have changed adjectives and verbs into nouns and have practiced speaking skills on the topic.


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

Show four short videos of each highlighted athlete (Muhammad Ali, Franz Beckenbauer, John McEnroe, Michael Jordan) and elicit knowledge of athlete, sport, and whether they are still playing. Then, check knowledge of "former", "retired", and "reach their peak" for the pre-reading task. Set Task: "How many people watch sports? Now, we will watch short videos of four famous athletes. Try to guess who each athlete is and what sport they play." ICQ: "How many videos are we watching? What two things do you need to tell me?" Ss watch and answer the two questions after each video, along with what they know about them and if they are still playing.

Pre-Reading Discussion (6-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Elicit / Pre-teach question vocabulary: former, retired, career, and reach their peak "Are these athletes still playing? What kind of athlete are they? (former)" "Why are they former athletes? What did they do? (retired)" "Were they good at their sport? Were they at the top or bottom of their careers in these videos? What is the word for being at the top of your career? It's the same word for the top of a mountain...." (reach their peak - will draw on the board as well) Ss then discuss the questions from Section A (written on PPT) in pairs for 3 minutes while T monitors. Class feedback about Q# 2-3 and give brief info about where they are now 2 minutes

While-Reading - Skimming for gist (2-3 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

The students will have a short time to read the article for the order of the paragraphs. Set Task: " I will give you an article about retired athletes. You have one minute to read the article. Please pay attention to the order of the paragraphs." ICQ: "how many minutes do you have?" Should you read every word? Are you looking at which paragraphs come first or second?

While-Reading/Ordering Paragraphs (9-11 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Put students in groups of three or four and explain the activity. Give each group a set of cut-up paragraphs and have them put it in order the fastest. Set Task: " Turn your articles over. In groups, put the paragraphs in order in one minute. Ready? Go!" Have them check another groups answers and do class feedback. After finishing, give them the topic sentences and ask them to match them to each paragraph. Set Task: "These paragraphs are missing their first sentences. I have them. First sentences explain what the paragraph is about. Please match the first sentences to each paragraph. Who can finish first? Ready and go!" Class feedback

Parts of Speech / Speaking (10-12 minutes) • To focus on vocabulary in the text and expand on what they've learned

Show vocabulary in Section D on PPT and have them find the noun form in the text. Set Task: "Look at these words. What is the noun form of depressed? (depression) Glamorous? (glamor) Find the noun forms of each word in the text in pairs. You have 1 minute." ICQ: "What are you looking for the adjective form? The verb form? The noun form?" Class feedback Make new groups and have them discuss the Georgian athletes on the PPT using speaking activity in Section E. If time, make new groups and discuss: When is the right time to retire? When do Georgians retire? T monitors discussion and provides feedback / correction

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