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Lesson Plan TP 8
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practise their reading and speaking skills in the context of loneliness in the city.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have practised gist and detailed reading in a newspaper article.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will practise fluency speaking.


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

Where is he? How does he feel? Show the movie clip "28 days later – Vacant London" (2:00) Discuss with your partner. Where is he? In a city. Is there a lot of people? No. How does he feel? Lonely. Can you feel lonely with a lot of people around you? Yes. Do you sometimes feel lonely in the city? Do you know some people who feel lonely? Discuss with your partner. Feedback.

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

You meet a friend or family member that you haven't seen for a long time. You're very happy to see him/her. What do you do? Do you shake hands? Do you kiss? How do we call the action of taking someone in your arms? A hug. Can you go to Lucky Mall and hug people you don't know? No, it would be weird! Can you hug someone without touching them? No, you need to take the person in your arms. Is it to show that you don't like the person? No. Drill 'hug'. Show a picture of a turnstile. Where can you find this type of gate (it's like a door)? Usually in a train station, metro station or airport. How does it work? It allows one person to pass at a time. It's called a turnstile. You are riding your motorbike in Siem Reap and you are not wearing a helmet. If a police officer stops you, what will happen? He will ask you to give some money. Do you know the name? It's called a fine. Drill fine. Now if the police officer doesn't ask for some money but tells you that he will next time and that you should always wear a helmet. What is he giving you? A warning. So if you did something forbidden and the police wants you to pay some money. Is it a warning? No it's a fine. Drill warning. Write hug, turnstile, fine and warning on the whiteboard.

Reading task #1 (5 minutes) • To provide students with the gist and prepare them for intensive reading.

Show the article's title and the pictures to the students. What do you think the article is about? Discuss with your partner (1 min). Instructions for HO1 (chested): read the text quickly and tick the correct sentence. Work alone. Are you making a cross? No. Are you reading the text slowly? No. Are you working in pairs? No. Give students HO1 (1 min). Monitor. Now check with your partner to see if you have the same answer (1 min). Provide HO1 – Answer key. Whole class feedback.

Reading task #2 (15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading

Instructions for HO2 (chested): read the text again and mark T (true) or F (false). Correct the wrong sentences. Give the students HO2. Demonstrate with the first sentence: it's false. It was in Montreal, not in London. Work together (5 min). Are you working alone? No. Monitor and take note of any mistakes. Provide HO2 – Answer key and ask the students to check their answers.

Productive task (10 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to respond to the text and demonstrate creativity

Put the students in groups of three. Tell them to find three ideas of events they could organise to fight loneliness and to write them down (5 min). Give an example: put tables outside their house and invite all the neighbours for dinner. Are you working alone? No. How many ideas do you need to find? Three. Monitor. Then tell the students of each group to discuss their ideas with a student from the other group. Whole class feedback: what do you think was the best idea? Would you like to do it?

Flexi-stage (5 minutes) • To provide students with fluency speaking practice

How would you react if a stranger offered you a free hug? Describe your feelings. Would you offer free hugs to strangers? Discuss with your partner (3 min). Whole class feedback. Praise the students.

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