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Reading/ Office Stereotypes
Intermediate level


In this lesson I am going to introduce different types of the people in the offices around the world. The students will read for gist and more details to understand what kind of people they may discover in the office.


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Main Aims

  • Reading for gist and detailed comprehension

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary: office activities


Lead in (4-6 minutes) • To revise the office vocabulary and use of the verbs do, make, receive, send, write. Prepare the students for reading activities.

I introduce the topic which is THE OFFICE. As a warmer we are going to have an active task of matching the words. I split the students into 4-5 groups of 3-4 students each and hand out colorful words to be matched (do - report, some photocopying, the filing). Ex 1 page 50 of STRAIGHT FORWARD ST. Sts match the words in as many ways as possible. Check the answers as a whole class. Then Sts work in groups and discuss the questions from exercise 2. I check the answers asking them individually.

Pre teach vocabulary (3-4 minutes) • To make Sts get acquainted with the key words in the lesson, the types of people they may encounter in the office.

I show some slides to the students trying to elicit the types of the people they see (they are the key words of the lesson from ex 1. They are a trainee is someone who is learning to do a job. a flirt - is someone who pretends to be romantically interested in someone else, although it is usually playful rather than serious. a workaholic - is addicted to work. the boss is a person directly in charge of you at work. If needed I elicit the meaning of the words and drill pronunciation showing where the stress is. (slide)

Reading for gist (8-10 minutes) • To read the text quickly to find out the definitions for the types of people we can encounter in the office

Sts read the article in a quick manner and match the types of people to the descriptions of ex 2. I add some more types of the people in the office eliciting the answers. A person who tells bad things behind someone back, A person who is complaining every time. A person who is lazy and tries to escape doing most of the work.

Reading for detail (6-9 minutes) • To make the Sts read the text more carefully and find the main features of the every type

I ask the students to make a list of the features of the every type they can find in the text, defining the main ones. I divide them into groups each is going to find the features for the one type. Then we discuss if they have encountered these types or not. I introduce a text about another type of an office person - a slacker. Sts need to read it and define what kind of person is described in the text. They have to define if we talk about a slacker, a moaner, or a yes man. Then we discuss if they have faced a slacker in their daily lives.

Reading for inference (6-8 minutes) • To make somewords meaning clear to the students and make them guess the meaning from the context

I am going to five a list if the words out of the text to be keen on, urgent, a bossy bully, enthusiasm, be found by, where they will have to find out the meaning by reading the text one more time. After we discuss these words and find some examples to understand if the sts are on the right path.

Post - reading (5-7 minutes) • To practice all the words we had in the lesson and give a feedback to the students on their mistakes

I offer the Sts to split in 4-5 groups and ask them to interview other students in their groups asking if they have any of the annoying types of the people in their offices or surrounding. While the students do this activity and talk, I monitor them and help them out when needed. After we speak as a whole class and drill the words of the office types people.

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