4C (Are we hooked on addictions)
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about addictions in the context of common obsessions
Perhaps the most important element of any plan is the part where we say what our aims are.Jeremy Harmer in The Practice of English Language Teaching
Procedure (46-61 minutes)
T asks Ss to talk in pairs and come up with ideas on what gadgets, apart from mobile phones, people are addicted to/obsessed with in the 21st century.
T pre-teaches the following vocabulary units or T distributes cards with the words and definitions and asks the Ss to match them in pairs: 1. conjure up - call forth, invoke, raise, stir, bring into existence/stress on the second syllable/verb 2. breed - a particular type/long vowel sound/noun, verb 3. look down on - think that one is superior to someone else, disdain, scorn/phrasal verb 4. compulsive - impossible to control, inescapable/stress on the second syllable/adjective 5. parlour - a shop/room where someone does their business/stress on the first syllable/noun 6. cluster - a group of things which are close to each other/stress on the first syllable/noun 7. hedonistic - indulgent, pleasure-seeking/stress on the third syllable/adjective 8. despairing - hopeless, gloomy/stress on the second syllable/adjective
Ss read the text on p. 62 and answer the questions given: 1. What are behavioural addictions? 2. In what ways are they different from ordinary addictions? 3. How can they be treated? T receives open-class feedback, nominating Ss.
Ss read the article again and then choose a, b or c (p. 63 c) T asks Ss to compare their answers together. T receives open-class feedback. T elicits clarifications if necessary.
Ss are out into pairs. T asks them to discuss whether any of the addictions mentioned in the text are problems in their country. T asks Ss to report the outcomes of the discussion to the class (which ones are problems in Armenia?).
Ss look at the highlighted words/expressions and guess their meanings together in pairs. T receives open-class feedback.