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reading lesson
pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice reading skills and also learn a handful of new words based on the text. The lesson starts with a discussion according to the movie they watch in the class. Then, students read the text for the first time to check their made guesses in discussion part. After that, the students read the text for the second time to answer some questions. Finally, there is a picture to discuss to provide students with a speaking opportunity.


Abc a movie, a picture, a true/false handout

Main Aims

  • To provide students with the opportunity to make deductions, understand the gist of the text, and also answer detailed questions to focus more on the text.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy.


pre-text (1-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students watch a short part of a movie and discuss the topic of it in pairs. The teacher collects feedback and pre-teaches the word gossip by asking WHAT WERE THEY DOING? then, she pre-teaches the word pass on by asking WHEN PEOPLE ARE GOSSIPING, DO YOU THINK THEY PASS ON BAD NEWS OR GOOD NEWS? The teacher also pre-teaches the word feeling guilty by asking WHEN PEOPLE PASS ON BAD NEWS, DO YOU THINK THEY FEEL GUILTY? After that, the phrase something is in our genes would be taught by asking WHEN PEOPLE FEEL GUILTY, WHY DO YOU THINK THEY GOSSIP? IS IT IN THEIR GENES? Finally, the students watch a short part of a movie to see the percentage of gossiping. Then, discuss the answer while learning the word social skill.

while-text (10-20 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

Students read the text for the fist time to answer a question and discuss the answer with their partners. CAN BE GOSSIP A GOOD THING? - YES IT CAN. GOSSIP IS A SOCIAL SKILL AND PEOPLE CAN USE IT TO BUILD CONNECTIONS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. The teacher collects feedback and tell students to read the text for the second time to write true or false for some sentences and then check their answers with their partners. The sentences would be the following ones: 1. WE SOMETIMES FEEL BAD AFTER WE GOSSIP. (T) 2. PROFESSOR MCANDREW SAYS THAT WE ARE PROGRAMMED TO GOSSIP. (T) 3. GOSSIPING CAN BE GOOD OR BAD - IT DEPENDS OM WHY WE DO IT. (T) 4. PEOPLE ENJOY SHARING BAD NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE THEY LIKE. (F) 5. MEN GOSSIP WITH THEIR FRIENDS MORE THEN WITH THEIR FAMILY. (F) Then she asks some ICQ questions to check the understanding. -ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS? -ARE YOU GOING TO WRITE TRUE OR FALSE? -ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT ALONE? -ARE YOU GOING TO CHECK THE ANSWERS WITH YOU PARTNER? After checking the answers in pairs, the answers would be checked in the whole class and the teacher gets feedback and correct the wrong answers.

post-activity (20-27 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

The teacher shows students a picture of a circle of friends who are gossiping about a person and asks students to guess the topic of their gossip and make a short story about the picture in their groups. Then the teacher asks a member of each group to exchange their groups and tell the other group their own story. Finally, the teacher collects feedback by asking each group the other group's story.

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