Nalan Eryigit Nalan Eryigit

B1 level


In this lesson students will practice their reading and vocabulary skills through a reading text. The lesson will begin with a vocabulary game stimulating the students interest and bringing about connotations and associations related to the context: celebrations. It will continue with the pre teaching of vocabulary through visuals and pair work. Then students will do a gist reading of the text and continue on with a detailed reading while focusing on various questions. Finally, students will get the chance to practice what they have learned through a speaking activity.


Abc Gap Fill Handout
Abc Comprehension Questions

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detail in a text about festivals.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To use festival-related vocabulary from the text to complete a summary


Warmer/Lead-in (5-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The T will ask each S from a group to stand up in front of their table in a way in which they cannot see the WB. The T will write a word on the WB and the Ss on the other side of the table will have to explain the word on the WB to the student who cannot see it. When the S standing up guesses the correct word, the S will raise his or her hand and shout the answer. After an answer is given Ss will alternate and the next person in the group will have to stand up and the rest of the group will have to explain the next word.

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The T will pre-teach some of the vocabulary in an attempt to avoid confusion. First of all, the T will pass out picture number one and the questions and the Ss will spend a few seconds with the HO's. Then the T will play an audio related to the questions. In pairs the Ss will have to answer the questions according to the picture and the audio. The T will get someone from each group to answer a question. While getting FB for the 1st question, the teacher should elicit the word festival by asking "What is another way of saying Celebration" That should elicit festival. If not T will give examples of festivals in turkey like "Rock N coke, International Istanbul Film ___, "Altin Portakal Film ___" and students will have to fill in the blanks with the target language. For the 2nd question the T will ask the Ss what they see on the picture. This should elicit people. Then the T will ask the Ss what these people are doing. And this should elicit walking. The T will tell the Ss that they are not just walking but they are walking in an orderly fashion, in an organised way for a festival. The T will ask "Do you know what we call this" Most likely the students will not know the answer. The T will have to give the answer and write "procession" on the WB. The T will ask a CCQ: " What is procession? People walking in an disorganised manner?" The Ss will say no in an organised manner. The T will say why do people walk in an organised way for no reason. This should elicit celebration or festival. The T will ask the part of speech and give an example like, funeral procession. And go over the pronunciation. For the 3rd question "What do you hear" the T will get one person from a group to answer the question. If no answer is given T will draw fire and ask what it is. The Ss will say fire and the Tt will complete the word and give a definition. Ask the past of speech. And go over pronunciation. Next the teacher will say in order to have fireworks we need to buy something do you know what that is? Most likely the Tt will have to write the answer on the board. And ask the part of speech. And practice pronunciation. And for clarification the T will show a picture of fireworks and a firecracker and ask what it is. Then the T will pass out two picture 2 and 3. The T will write on the WB: What do you see on the picture. And S will discuss in pairs. Then a teacher will chose and ask a few students the answer to the question. If no answer is given. The T will point to the statue and say what is this? There is one of Ataturk, there is one in NY the ____ of Liberty. As a last resort T will give the answer and say this is a statue. Then the T will ask the part of speech and focus on the pronunciation by doing choral drilling. Then the Ss will look at picture 3 and the T will ask What is the difference between the two pictures? The Ss will say fire. The T will say it is not just a fire. It is a bonfire. The T will write Bonfire on the WB and say this is a large open air fire for celebration. The T ask the part of speech. And do a choral drilling to focus on pronunciation. The T will pass out a fill in the blank activity for clarification. And students will work on it in pairs while the T monitors the class for errors. For FB Ss will most likely have problems with the word parade. They will most likely confuse the verb form with the noun form. The teacher will give an example sentence "The officers will ____ through the town centre." And the T will ask the Ss to fill in the blank with one of the words on their HO. Give the students some time. And get FB.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (2-3 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The T will give a HO to each group. The Ss will fold the handout so that they can only see the first question. They will skim the reading to get a gist of the text and do the first question in pairs. T will get FB by asking a S.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

This time students will get more detailed questions based on the text and they will have to answer them in pairs. The teacher will get FB from one student from each group.

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

The T will give the Ss two questions Have you ever been to a festival, if so talk about it with your partner? Which festival did you go to? Why did you go? Who did you go with? What did you do there? What/like? Get the students to share their festival stories.

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