Amirala Mosadeghi Amirala Mosadeghi

Upper-intermediate level


In this session the students will go through a series of reading practices over a text in the context of politics that will improve their reading skill in the three areas of reading for gist, reading for specific information and reading for inference. The students will be given an opportunity to react to the txt and develop oral fluency as well.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson the students will have improved their ability in reading for gist, for details, and for inference in the context of politics

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of political lexis in the context of Arnold Schwarzenegger rise from a body builder into politicion


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To activate Ss' existing knowledge of the topic and generate interest in the theme of the lesson

The Ss are asked to solve the riddle that is written on the board: The blue man lives in the blue house. The red man lives in the red house. The yellow man lives in the yellow house. Who lives in the White House? Upon answering (by Ss or if not, T) The students will be asked these questions: - Who is the president of the United States? - Who do you think will be the next? A picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger will go on the board and Ss are asked if they know who he is and if they think he will one day become the president of the US.

Pre-teach Vocabulary (4-6 minutes) • To pre-teach/unblock key lexis needed to help students understand the text

The Ss will be given HO1 and instructed as follows: You have 3 minutes to match the words and meanings and check your answers with your pairs. After 3 minutes (or if observed that all Ss have finished earlier) the answer key goes on the board for the Ss to check their answers. If there is any clarification needed, T will explain and make sure everybody knows the meanings now.

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To encourage Ss to read for gist understanding and get an overview of the text

The Ss are asked to turn the page (HO1) where they will find the text and the gist question (Question A) on top and they will be instructed to take 2 minutes to answer question A. Possible ICQ: Are you reading the text word by word or are you rolling your eyes on it? Upon answering, they will be asked to share their answers with their partners and say why. The answers will be put to vote so that T can have an idea how the Ss have performed through the gist task and pair-check.

Reading for Specific Info (9-10 minutes) • To practice scanning and further familiarize learners with the text

HO2 is given, and the Ss are instructed to read the questions (Part B) and find their answers in the text in 5 minutes and write them in the space provided in the HO. They will then be put in new pairs to check their answers together and then the answer-key will go on the board and the Ss will be asked how many questions they answered correctly. If there is any ambiguity, T will refer to the text and ask the Ss to find where the correct answer is.

Reading for Inference (6-7 minutes) • to practice reading for inferred meanings at a textual level and gain a deeper understanding of the text

The Ss are asked to unfold HO2 and answer the questions in part C with more attention to the meaning of the text in 5 minutes, then check their answers in pairs and then with the answer key on the board.

Speaking Task 1 (3-4 minutes) • To allow an opportunity to react to the text

The Ss are put in pairs and asked to discuss the question on the board: Can a body builder, an actor, a millionaire ... become president?

Speaking Task 2 (5-6 minutes) • To develop oral fluency on the topic

The Ss are instructed as follows: - Use the answers to part B in the box in order to retell the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger with your partners. Since the questions were in chronological order, the answers are so and therefore the retold story will be as well.

Speaking Task 3 (3-4 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to personalise the topic

The Ss are asked to discuss this question in groups: If you had to choose a president among celebrities and famous people, who would you chose and why?

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