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Reading Lesson
Intermediate level


This lesson sets a general context for all three lessons, though the context changes focus in the following two slots. In this lesson, students are first introduced to the context of fate. Then they do a jigsaw reading, two stories about fate, focusing on both general understanding and reading for specific information. They try to tell the stories to each other. Focus of the lesson is on language to talk about something that went wrong, or to talk about changes of plan.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed in the context of fate.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification talking about expectations.
  • To provide fluency in retelling stories.


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

Teacher gets some ideas from the students about fate and chance. If they don't know the meaning, T gives the meaning. Then teacher asks Ss if they believe in fate or not.

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T hands out necessary materials and Ss read the summary shortly. Then they listen to the audio and circle the correct words in the summary. T points out that Ss need to listen again, but this time to find phrases of agreements and disagreements in the audio. T takes some FB to see if the Ss could catch them. T drills these statements if necessary.

Pre-Reading Speaking Activity (4-5 minutes) • To practice speaking about the context

Teacher takes everybody standing up and then randomly matches everybody in pairs. T writes on board "Do things happen for a reason?" Ss talk about it.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Teacher divides the class into 2 groups and marks them as A's and B's.T hands out the introduction to both of the groups, and then Han's story to Group A and Maggie's story to Group B. Students read the texts and discuss the answers in groups and how they could retell the story. Teacher then matches each A with a B and asks them to tell each other their stories and to talk about what they think about each other's story.

Post-Reading/Listening (3-4 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T hands out the exercise. Ss match the expressions of possibility and match their meanings. Ss discuss their answers with their partner.

Post Reading (5-6 minutes) • To use the expressions of possibility from the previous exercise

T hands out the exercise and asks students to choose two topics and write sentences using the expressions of possibility from the previous exercise. T gives an example: "There's no chance that Marsel ─░lhan will win the match tomorrow." Then Ss swap partners and compare their ideas.

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