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Teaching Practice 5
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students read for gist to gain a general understanding of the text, they practice reading for detailed comprehension in the context of politicians who have made embarrassing mistakes. They are given the opportunity to react to the text and practice oral fluency on the topic.


Abc Politiican makes embarrassing mistake picture
Abc Vocabulary gap-fill handout
Abc Reading exercise 1
Abc Text - reading exercise 2
Abc Text - reading exercise 3
Abc Reading exercise 4
Abc Speaking exercise 3

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have practiced listening for gist and detailed comprehension in the context of politicians who have made embarrassing mistakes.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide oral fluency discussing embarrassing situations leading up to the topic of discussing politicians who have made embarrassing mistakes.


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

Show pictures relating directly to the stories in the reading section. Students discuss in pairs what they see in the pictures. Elicit the context for the lesson: Politicians who have made embarrassing mistakes. Students discuss what sort of things make people feel most embarrassed? If they think politicians ever feel guilty or embarrassed about the things they have done? Teacher monitors. Asks for some general FB.

Teach blocking vocabulary (4-5 minutes) • To pre-teach/unblock key lexis needed to help students understand the text

Vocabulary exercise 1 - students will complete the sentences with a word from the box. Vocabulary exercise 2 - students will put the situations in exercise 1 in order of embarrassment. After exercise completion,write answers on WB, ask CCQ's (per LA sheet), drill briefly, elicit, mark part of speech.

Pre-Reading/Lead in (1-2 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students work in pairs to discuss reading exercise 1- Do you know of any an embarrassing mistake made by a prominent politician? Get some of their ideas as FB.

While-Reading (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students read the two texts alone. Peer check and discuss what mistakes these two men made. Discuss the ideas briefly as a class.

While-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Tell students to read the stories and complete the sentences from reading exercise 3 with (G) Gloystein or (P) Prescott. Students read and peer check. Then do WC FB.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students work in pairs and discuss the three questions from reading exercise: 1) Who made the biggest mistakes? 2) What should he have done? 3) Which of these men should have been punished? Monitor students during discussion. Make note of any speaking errors for WC FB later. Some students share their ideas as FB.

Extra-Speaking (5-7 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to personalize the topic

Students discuss speaking exercise question 3 in pairs: Do you know any other stories about embarrassing experiences? Some ideas are shared during FB.

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