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TP 7 -- People Watchers
Intermediate level


In this lesson students work to improve their reading skills through a series of gist and specific exercises and activities. The topic deals with a scenario that involves psychologists and neuroscientists and those terms will be included in a pre-teach exercise to acquaint the students with these and other lexis from the article.


Abc Article - The People Watchers

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan or specific reading skills for the learners
  • To provide a better understanding of how to read for gist
  • To provide challenging exercises that will reinforce the skills and material that was introduced

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide challenging and insightful exercises to reinforce the new lexis that was introduced
  • To provide new lexis in a way that can be retained for future use


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students draw their focus to the theme of the article they will read.

T - asks class to stand up. Then asks to sit down. T - Why did you do that? FB from SS. Show video of social experiment from YouTube. 1:15 seconds Asks students to talk in groups about the experiment. FB from students. T asks - why do we do what others do? Various images of sales are shown to ss. T elicits what are sales and what is their purpose? Do you save money or are companies trying to clear their shelves?

Pre-Teach Vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for lexis that will be part of the article allowing them to feel comfortable with the material

T - Shows image of Sigmund Freud elicit term - T - after introducing psychologist and neuroscientist, elicit from SS these people are the top professionals in their fields, what are they called? When scientists conduct a test it is called? To get something to do something they did not want to do it is called? psychologist /saɪˈkɒl.ə.dʒɪst/ neuroscientist -/ˌnjʊə.rəʊˈsaɪən.tɪst/ experts - /ˈek.spɜːt/ experiment -- /ɪkˈsper.ɪ.mənt/ persuade ---/pəˈsweɪd/ T drills pronunciation, back chaining of three of the terms in sentences. psychologist, persuade and experiment. Psychologists planned the experiment. The woman was persuaded to stand. HO -- SS match words to brief definitions. Fill in short sentences with TL words.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T provides three headline selections to SS. Asks them to read to themselves T introduces article - Elicits, what is skimming? SS told not to read all the words. Just read enough to get an idea. SS are given 1:30 to read. When time is up, SS select one headline. SS work in pairs to select headline. CCG - Will you read for 2 minutes? CCQ - Will you read all the words? CCQ - How much will you read? What will you done when time is up? T - Reveals correct headline. SS are asked to move to other tables to discuss what they understood from reading and if they agree with headline. T - Gives HO for specific reading.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging specific reading for information task

SS are provided a HO and ask to read the questions. They will be an assortment of 5 fill in the blanks and five T/F. Q will be short to allow SS to focus on reading the article. SS will be given 5 minutes to read and complete the article and questions. SS complete and they are asked to move to another table and check their answers. T places answers on various sheets around the room with numbers 1 - 8. SS walk around the room and review the answers. When finished returning to their seats.

Post-Reading/Listening (5-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T asks SS --- what are the two final answers? I want you to decide grps and answer the questions. SS discuss and give their thoughts on Q - why is it important to have psychologists as part of the show? Why are people so easily persuaded to do these things? Flexi-Exercise - T provides these "what if" scenarios. Discuss ways you are persuaded to do things. Also, give examples of how you have persuaded others in the past, family, friends, business colleagues.

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