Mariam H. Hawass Mariam H. Hawass

Intermediate level


This lesson intends to practise students' reading skills - both reading for gist and reading for details in the context of white lies told by parents to their children.Students also learn some lexis related to white lies.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about lies, white lies and psychologists in the context of white lies told by parents to their children.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of lexis related to white lies in the context of white lies told by parents to their children.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of white lies told by parents to their children.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Ask Ss "What would you say if your friend asks you if you like his/her jacket, while you don't like it? Would you tell the truth or lie?". -Through their answers, I'll elicit from them the meaning of a 'white lie' which is a small lie told for diplomatic reasons or good intentions.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

- Point out that the sentences in Exercise 1 are white lies that are often told to children when a more truthful explanation would be too complicated or when parents need to persuade them to do something. - Put the students into pairs and ask them to discuss which of the white lies they heard when they were children. - Go around and monitoring. - In the feedback, I'll provide a clarification of some vocab, "Father Christmas, tooth fairy, pillow, crusts, curl", using pictures and drill them chorally and individually and focus on pronunciation and stress. And then I'll encourage them to contribute any other white lies they were told.

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

- Focus the students' attention on the statements in Exercise 2 and ask them to read them and think about them and decide which one they agree with. - Ask them to read the article about lying to children and find out which statement psychologists agree with. - Monitor and provide help if needed to explain any difficult word. - In the feedback, Ss tell me the right answer.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- Focus the student's attention on the example in Exercise 3 and point out that it uses avoid from box A and awkward truths from box B. - Ask Ss to refer back to the article and make similar pairings in order to write sentences giving the potential benefits of telling white lies. - Ask Ss to check their answers in pairs. - Go around and monitoring. - Check answers as a whole class.

Post-Reading/Listening (4-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- Ask Ss to think about white lies they were told or heard when they were children and what things their parents used to say to them. - Ask them to discuss these white lies in pairs. - Go around and monitoring. - Get feedback from the students.

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