TEACHING PRACTICE 1
To provide SS with practice in reading for gist, specific information and detail, and to practice deducing meaning though the context of choosing a blind date.
To give SS practice in speaking for fluency.
To consolidate and give SS practice in vocabulary to describe appereance and personality.
Procedure (36-50 minutes)
The T tells SS about how her grandmother's husband was chosen by her parents and how this was a common practice in the past. Then, SS will be asked: Do parents choose their children's wife or husband in your country? How do you choose your life partner? SS will answer from their experience and knowledge of their culture.
SS will look at a photo of three women, Charlotte, her mother and her friend. T points at Charlotte, tells her name and asks SS to describe her personality and appearance. Then T will ask SS some questions such as: Where do you think she is from? How old is she? Where does she live? Once they are done, the T explains that she will take part in an experiment. T elicits from the SS the meaning of "experiment".
SS will be given the HO with the reading and comprehension questions. SS will read the introduction and the first paragraph to check whether their answers to the previous questions were correct. Next, SS will be asked to answer, in pairs, the first set of questions according to the introduction and paragraph 1. As for FB, some SS will be nominated to give the answers, if wrong, the WC will help correcting. During this task, the text will also be projected on the WB.
The reading will be displayed on the WB via the OHP. SS will read paragraphs 2-4 in order to mark true or false a set of 7 statements. This task will be performed in the same pairs they worked during WR#1. The FB will be done with the T reading the statement out loud and the SS answering chorally. Some SS will be asked to show the passage from which they deduced their answers.
SS will be asked to focus on the underlined words from the text. Each couple will be given either one of the words or its definition. For this task the class will be visibly divides into 2 due to the coloured paper of the cut outs. There will be a set of words+definitions printed out on a coloured paper and a second set printed on a different coloured one. SS will be asked to stand up and move around in order to match a word with its correct definition. SS can only look for a match with SS having the same colour. For FB, the definitions will be displayed on the board and some SS from each half will be called to write the corresponding words. To check their understanding, SS will write a sentence with the word assigned, if easy for them, T will assign a different word.
SS will be asked to turn their HO over. T will ask some questions from the text and SS will answer them from what they remember. SS will nominate SS from the ones who show signs of remembering the text.