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Across cultures : Tea
Beginner A1 level


This lesson starts with slides about tea and coffee. Especially over the beverage tea they compare three countries Turkey, Japan and Britain. The pictures on the slide were picked with little hints of the country, to familiarise them with the reading text. They learn about the differences of the tea cultures in those countries. This is then leading the students to the actual practice of reading. It will end with the students speaking in groups about this subject and which beverage they personally prefer.


Abc Adrian Doff, English Unlimited, Course Book, Unit 4.2, pg.36

Main Aims

  • The main aim in this lesson is: Reading. There are there different short texts based on tea culture in Turkey, Britain and Japan. This is supported with the Sub Aim: Vocabulary and Speaking

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary and Speaking. Checking in advance how many of these words they know otherwise :tea, coffee, with milk, sugar, teapot, glass, cup, weak, strong.


Lead-in / Pre- Reading : (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Greeting - Open the first slide with TEA . Show tea & simit and mention : My favorite breakfast. - Then open the second slide : COFFEE - Pick one student ask for his/her favorite hot drink. - Then ask all the class : * What do you see? * What is the drink here on the picture? * Is it the same country? - Put them in pairs and ask them to look at the slides and share with their partners. - Ask what they spoke about with their partners. - Elicit words form the students and write keywords on the board. - Show teapot /cup/ glass/ on the slides and write them on the board. - Britain : show the flag, ask. - Write also : a cup of tea / a glass of tea

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

- Continue with same pairs. - Give Handouts to student. - Explain HO on chest - Instruction : * First read the 3 texts. *Then work with your partner (Exc.2) : * Match these 3 pictures with the countries: Turkey / Japan/ Britain - Feedback : Go with the class over it together, its only 3.

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- Put them together in groups. - Tell them they will read now the second time. - Instructions : * Read the text again by yourself. * Then do the next exercise (2.b) in your group: * Where do people drink ....? in Britain/Japan/Turkey? * Discuss in your group and write your answers down. - Let them read and discuss in their groups - Monitoring - Feedback : Write answer key on the board. 1.Britain/ 2.Britain/ 3.Turkey/ 4.Japan/ 5.Japan/ 6.Britain

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

- Change the groups - Ask the students to look at the last exercise. - Write this question as an example on the board: * Do most people in Turkey drink tea or coffee? * Do most people in Turkey drink weak or strong tea? .... etc - Ask them to discuss these questions/answers in their groups. - Mingle - Feedback: Ask each group for one answer

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