Teaching Practice 4: John Coen
Upper Intermediate level
To provide gist reading practice using a text about 'Why are humans good?' in the context of animals, biology, 'prisoner's dilemma', altruism and evolution.
To provide clarification of new words and their meaning in the context of the text.
Procedure (32-45 minutes)
A number of images will be provided and posted on the whiteboard in order to discuss the title of the text. The title of the text will be posted on WB. The students will then be asked to discuss the images to elicit the idea from them.
The text may contain some new vocabulary. I will provide the students with list of possible new words and have them work in pairs to work out the meanings. The class will then work as a group so that all students understand any new vocabulary.
The students will have the opportunity to discuss the three options in exercise 1, these will be posted on the wall and they will make an initial decision as to which they think is correct. This will be done as a class exercise. The students will then read the text and then in pairs discuss the three options again. The whole class will then discuss the three options.
The students will re-read the article and then working in pairs will decide which of the sentences 1-6, would be the correct one to add to the end each paragraph. The correct sentence to match paragraph will be marked up onto WB.
Ask the students to work in pairs and discuss whether they agree with the arguments in the text. Finish with a class discussion on the arguments raised.