Reading - How to Have a Heavy Cold
Upper Intermediate level
To develop the students' speaking skill by practicing reading for gist, specific information, and detail.
To develop the students' speaking skill through discussing "How to Have a Heavy Cold" in a semi-controlled group activity.
Procedure (31-39 minutes)
I'll hand the students a handout showing different pictures of cold symptoms to lead the students into a suitable context to read and speak about "How to Make a Heavy Cold".
I'll ask the students some questions about the handout that I handed them. "What are these pictures about?" "What do these people suffer from/"?. This is to elicit vocabulary about the text.
1- Reading for gist: I'll hand the students a handout with five purposes of the article. They should read the article quickly and choose the best one. 2- I'll hand the students a handout.They should read the text and decide which of the eight bits of advice insn't mentioned. 3- I'll hand the students a handout with seven definitions.They should find words or expressions in the text that match these definitions.
Speaking Practice: One student plays a doctor role, and the other plays a patient role. The patient describes how he feels (symptoms), and the doctor gives him some bits of advice and prescribes some medicine for him.