Larry Klein Larry Klein

Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read a newspaper article "Trading Ages" about two journalists who disguised themselves as elderly people to experience what is was like to be old. Specific vocabulary is highlighted in the pre-reading text that the students talk about to workout meaning. The students then discuss (PW) several questions related to the topic. The students read the remainder of the article to check if their answers were the same as they had predicted. Comprehension will be checked further through a multiple choice exercise (PW). Verb phrases are highlighted in the article and their meanings will be checked through a matching exercise. To close the lesson the students discuss topical issues (PW).


Abc Lead-in photo
Abc HO1
Abc HO2
Abc HO3

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice in the context of ageing and the elderly

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the elderly
  • To provide clarification and review of wrinkled skin, false teeth, grey wigs, contact lenses, make-up, eyesight, treat SO, break down, go through, deal with, not be ready in the context of ageing and the elderly


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

A photograph of the disguised journalists will be shown to the Ss along with the title of the text "Trading Ages". The Ss will then guess what they think the story is about. Their guesses will be written on the WB.

While-Reading #1 (11-12 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist reading task. Vocabulary building is a sub-aim of this stage.

Ss will read the first paragraph of the article to learn if their guess(es) to the lead-in question, "what is this article about?", was correct. Ss will then work in pairs to guess the meaning of the highlighted words. These words will be written on the board as the students read as they are non-discernible on the handout. Meanings will be checked as a group.

While-Reading #2 (20-22 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed and deduction based reading task. A sub-aim of this stage is vocabulary building (verb phrases).

HO2 is distributed. In pairs, Ss will discuss the three general questions related to the topic BEFORE reading the text. T will elicit some ideas from the Ss. Ss read the article and again work in pairs to check their answers. T will elicit some answers from Ss and write them on the WB. Ss read the article a second time and individually answer a short multiple choice comprehension quiz (HO3). An answer key will be given as FB. Ss work in pairs to match the meanings of the highlighted verb phrases. These phrases will be written on the WB by the teacher as they are indistinguishable on the HO. T will elicit answers from the Ss as FB. IF PROBLEMS ARISE with Ss understanding of phrasal verbs, the T will elicit information from Ss as review. If necessary, T will briefly explain.

Post-Reading (5-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned through a speaking fluency exercise

Ss will read the final two questions on HO3 and think about answers in pairs. T will elicit response from the Ss.

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