Yousra Thabet Yousra Thabet

Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss will practise their reading and writing skills to talk about light-hearted and serious news stories using the passive form.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, ss will have practised reading for gist and using the passive form of verbs in the context of reading and writing about light-hearted and serious news stories and articles.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise using vocabulary related to news stories and articles.


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

Students discuss in pairs "which newspapers or magazines online or physical ones do you read? Why? What is your favorite section?"

Pre-teach Vocabulary (5-5 minutes) • To prepare students for reading for gist.

Write selected vocabulary that could hinder students understanding of the chosen stories as a mind map on the board, elicit meanings from them first, then try miming/acting/giving examples or antonyms/synonyms of the words if students don't know the meanings to the words.

Test - Reading task (Gist) (5-5 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students are handed photocopied material of pages 62 and 63 and are asked individually to choose the best headline from question 2 for A, C, E and G stories.

Teach - Language Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage. Also to introduce students with the passive form of verbs.

While each student already has a copy of pages 62 and 63 with marked passive sentences in chosen stories, three pictures are put on the board, one of an active sentence and another two of passive sentences. Start going through MFP procedure of the passive form by doing the following: 1- elicit the sentences that describe the pictures. Students may also contribute with other different examples. 2- Asking prepared concept checking questions. 3- Drill the form of the sentences. 4- Write down the sentences on the board.

Test #2 - Controlled Practice (5-5 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Students are handed photocopied material of page 64, and in pair work students choose the best verb form and circle it in the first story only.

Free practice (10-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Each group is handed a picture to write a news story paragraph about it (between 6-8 lines)

Feedback - language/content (open class) (5-5 minutes) • To provide feedback over students group writings.

Students are given feedback over their wrong composition of sentences on the board and are encouraged by eliciting to come up with the right sentences.

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