Matt Grady Matt Grady

TP #4 Reading (Big Events)
Intermediate-Advanced level


In this lesson, students will begin with a warm up exercise to introduce them to the context of the lesson. Next, students will observe some visual aides of different international food festivals that will be described in the following reading exercise. Next, students will read for gist and then perform an activity matching some sentences to the section of the reading they believe it came from. Next, students will perform a vocabulary exercise trying to use the context of the reading to guess the meaning of the words. Finally, students will conduct a speaking exercise related to the readings


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Main Aims

  • In this lesson, Ss will successfully read and comprehend a lengthy reading exercise in the context of foreign food festivals.

Subsidiary Aims

  • In this lesson, Ss will improve their vocabulary on multiple terms and phrases used in the reading exercise and also improve their speaking abilities in the lesson's context of foreign food festivals.


Warm Up (7 minutes) • Introduce students to the context of festivals as well as elicit some necessary terms to discuss them

-T will start the context by pretending to be a foreign tourist with passion for attending festivals. T will elicit the meaning of a festival as well as different types of festivals. -T will ask Ss to recommend some good festivals in Turkey to visit and elicit some responses, focusing on what the theme of each festival is. After each recommendation, T will ask other students if anyone has attended them and briefly talk about their experience -T will elicit any foreign festivals that Ss have heard of, again asking Ss to speak about what they know about the festival, where it is located, and what is the theme

Pre-Reading (10 minutes) • Ss will quickly read the handout for gist and answer some questions make a prediction

-T put pictures from each festival on the board along with the festival title -Ss will look at pictures and the title and T field answers to the questions: "Which food does each festival centre around?" and "Can you guess what happens?" -T will hand out the reading and instruct Ss to quickly read the readings for gist. They have 2 minutes to do so. *ICQ- Are we reading quickly or thoroughly? (quickly). How many minutes do you have to read? (2 minutes) -T will hand out sheet with 8 customs on it. Ss will break into pairs and discuss which festival they think each custom comes from without looking at the text. *ICQs- Are you trying to match the custom with the festival that it comes from? (y). Are you allowed to look at the text? (n)

Reading (10 minutes) • Ss will read for detail to check their answers to the previous exercise in the pre-reading stage

-T will instruct Ss to turn their reading back over and read thoroughly to check their answers alone. *ICQs- Are we reading alone? (y). Are we checking our answers? (y) -FB: When students are finished reading, T will nominate students to check answers from the customs HO

Vocabulary (10 minutes) • Students will practice guessing at the meaning of specific vocabulary words from the text by using context

-T will elicit idea from students that it is possible to guess the meaning of a word based on the context of the sentence it is used in, as well as the advantage of being able to read more quickly with this skill *Eliciting Qs- What are some ways you can figure out the meaning of a word you don't know without a dictionary? What are some advantages to being able to figure out a word's meaning from context? -T will hand out exercise 3 with the list of vocab words and phrases. T will divide students into pairs and tell them to guess which definition is correct based on the context of the words in the text. T will do first example together *ICQs- are we using a dictionary? (n). Are we asking the teacher what a word means? (n) -FB: T will nominate Ss to answer which definitions are correct

Speaking (8 minutes) • Ss will discuss multiple questions about the festival and their countries food in a freer practice exercise

-T break students into groups of 3 to discuss the following questions: Which of these festivals would you like to go to? Which would you avoid? *ICQ Are we writing our answers or just discussing them? (discussing) FB: T will nominate someone from each group to answer for themselves and others in their group -T will tell Ss to discuss the following question: Which festivals and celebrations in your country traditionally involve food? Are any special dishes cooked? FB: T will nominate someone from each group to answer for themselves and others in their group -T will tell Ss to discuss the following question: Which foods/dishes from your country would you most recommend to a foreign visitor? FB: T will nominate someone from each group to answer for themselves and others in their group

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