Reading lesson- The Expat Files
Elementary, A2 level
To provide students practice in reading for gist and specific information using a text about British expatriates.
To provide students with freer speaking practice.
To provide clarification and review of common verbs in the context of British expatriates
Procedure (32-46 minutes)
-Cut pictures which are related to common verbs into two. -Give two halves of the pictures to different students in class. -Ask the students to stand up, find the other half of their picture (find their partner) and sit together. -Ask the students keep their pictures for a while. -Give the name tags to the students. - Ask them to write their partners' information on the name tags. (name-city) - Do the first one. (example)
- Ask the students to bring the two halves of the pictures together and stick them on the board. Tell them that each picture is a clue about your life. - Ask them to discuss in pairs what they can infer about you through the pictures. - Whole class FB. - Elicit the common verbs from the ss and write them on the board. - Pick one of the verbs. Brainstorm the ideas-words that could be used with it. E.g. Live - in a house - in a flat -in Ankara - in a city - Tell the ss that they are going to play a game. - Give the handout on which the students see the common verbs in circles. - Ask ss to work in pairs and add one word for each group. Tell the ss that if they write the same word with the other groups, they get 0 points. If their answers are different from the other groups, they get 2 points. - Monitor discreetly, intervene when necessary. - Elicit the answers and write them on the board. - Model and drill. ( whole-class/individual) (backchaining) (substitution)
- Introduce an American friend called Michael. Show the picture. Tell the students that he works with you. - Ask students questions to guess where he is from, what his job is, where he lives now. - After eliciting the answers, show the students the word expatriate or expat. - Give a handout on which there are sentences about Michael. - Ask ss to guess and underline the correct information about Michael. - Ask ss to compare their answers with their partners. - Talk about Michael and ask ss to listen and check their answers. - Ask the ss to find similarities and differences between you and Michael in pairs. - Write similarities/ differences on the board. Take notes. - Elicit the words similarity and difference. Clarify the meaning by CCQs. - Link the story with the stories in the reading text.
- Tell the students that they are going to read a text about expats like Michael. - Show pictures. Ask the students to guess where they are from, where they live now in pairs. - Elicit the answers from each pair and write them on the board. - Give the handout to students and ask them to read the text and answer the questions. - Remind the students that they could skim the text to find the information. Use your body language to show skimming. - Set a time limit- 1 minute. - Ask ss to compare their answers. - Elicit the answers. - Write the answers on the board.
- Give the handout (exercise 2) and ask the ss to read the questions and see if there are any words they do not know. - If there are any unknown words, clarify the meanings using CCQs. - Model and drill. - Ask ss to read the text again and write the correct names next to the statements. - Monitor discreetly, help when necessary. - Tell ss to compare their answers with their partners. - Whole class FB (answers on the board.)
- Make groups of 4. -Ask each group to write down as many sentences as they can about the text in a limited time. (2 minutes) - When time is up, groups read their sentences, the group with the most correct answers wins. If time: Walk among the ss. Take notes of the good examples and the mistakes. Make a delayed correction at the end. If time (flexi stage): Ask ss to work in pairs and talk about whether they want to live inother country. If yes, where? If no, why not?