Azra Bosnjak Azra Bosnjak

Lesson 4
Pre-Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about a refugee in the context of dreams for the future

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of humanitarian lexis in the context of text about a refugee


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Ss picture of Angelina Jolie doing charity work TT: Who is this? Aside from acting, what is she famous for? Try to make them say words like charity work, refugees, Helping other people. This will set a context for the text.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Pre-teach the vocabulary from the text. Write "refugee" on the WB. Ask Ss if they know what it means. If they don't, draw imaginary country on the WB, tell them that people from that country are moving because of the war. I assume they will know the word because Turkey is close to Syria and Ss are familiar with the current situation in Syria. Drill this word. Write "foster family" on the WB. TT: I am leaving my country and going to live with another family for some time. That family is my foster family. CCQ: Are they my real family? (No) Am going to live with them? (Yes) Am I going to live with them forever? (No) Write on the WB: We managed to persuade him to come with us. Explain that it means to convince someone to do something. CCQ: Did he wanted to come with us? (No) Did we manage to convince him? (Yes). Drill this word. Write on the WB: asylum. Point out that it is connected to the word 'refugee'. Explain that it means that some countries give it to people who left their own countries because of war. Drill this word. Write on the board: paediatrician. Show Ss a photo of a doctor with a kid. TT: Who is this? What is she doing? Drill this word.

While-Reading #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ask Ss: What is the text about? Can you guess? Point out that we talked about Angelina Jolie and refugees. Write their predictions on the board. Tell Ss to skim through the text and see if their predictions were right.

While-Reading #2 (10-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Write the first sentence from ex 1 on the board and ask one of the students to do it. Put them into groups. Tell them to scan the text and do the same with the rest of the sentences. Give Ss a HO. Check their answers. After that give them another ex. Explain the exercise, work in pairs. Check their answers.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Give Ss an example: Muhammad lives in France. Ask: Is this true or false? Tell Ss to do the same. Divide students into groups. Each group is supposed to write a few sentences, some of them true, some of them false. Give them three minutes. Bring one student in front of the WB to read one sentence, and the rest of the Ss have to guess if it's true or false.

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