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Red Faces - Reading
Pre-intermediate level


This reading lesson sets the context for today's lessons. It also provides the source for the TL in the following lesson. Students will start with a gist reading exercise, and then they will read for detail. They will also talk about embarrassing situations.


Abc Embarrassing Situations HO
Abc Reading Text - 'Teacher-talk'
Abc Detailed Reading HO
Abc Discussion Starters HO
Abc Projector
Abc Computer
Abc WB
Abc Images

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about embarrassing situations and behaviour.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of embarrassing situations.


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

The teacher tells a short personal story about an embarrassing incident. After the story, the T asks CCQs to clarify the meaning of "embarrassing". For example: How did I feel? Did I feel stupid? Did my face become red? Did I feel that I wanted to hide? How did I feel next day when I met my colleagues? Did I feel proud of my action?

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students work in pairs. They read the situations quickly and decide which one they think is the most embarrassing. The teacher tell Ss to add other embarrassing situations they can think of to the list. When they have discussed the situations with their partner, the teacher asks a few pairs to say which situations they thought were the most embarrassing. After that, the teacher pre-teach the words "Halloween" and "internet forum". Some of the Ss might know what they are, so the T asks a volunteer to stand up to explain the concept, or lets a student come to the front of the class to do so. If Ss don't know these words, the T uses some visuals and elicits the meanings from Ss.

While-Reading #1 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students skim the text that consists of three messages from an internet discussion group. Then match each message to a situation in exercise 1. As this is a reading for gist exercise, there will be a time limit of 1 minute for reading. Feedback is given by the answer key projected on the white board.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Students read the text in detail individually. Then in pairs they discuss their answers for the questions in exe. 3. Students will have access to only one question at a time, and feedback will be given after each question as a whole class.

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

The teacher will give the HOs with the prompt ideas in Discussion starters on page 22 from the TsBk. Students work in groups, and hey discuss embarrassing experiences (their own or other people's). The teacher asks each group to vote on the most embarrassing moment, and afterwards for them to share that story with the rest of the class.

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