Teaching Practice 2
Upper Intermediate level
To practice reading for gist and detail
To introduce students to vocabulary in the context of animals and pet owners
Procedure (44-54 minutes)
The lesson will start by showing pictures of some things that pet owners do with their pets (celebrate pet's birthday, Skype with pets, taking pet to a restaurant etc). Using these pictures and the list in exercise 1, students will be encouraged to share their views or stories (if they have) of their pets and what do they do with them. The discussion will divert to talking about cats in Istanbul. The students will see some pictures of cats living in Istanbul and will be encouraged to think and speak on this topic. The pictures will be helpful for activating their existing knowledge about pets and animals.
The students will be introduced to four new words from the text; napkin, table manners, trial and ingratitude. The meanings of the words will be elicited from them by giving them hints and examples. Once they guess the word, the concept will be checked through a fill in the blanks exercise to make sure that they know the meaning of the words in the context.
- The reading lesson focuses on three texts that the students should be able to read and understand by the end of the lesson. In this stage, the students will be instructed to work in groups of three and each one will be assigned a number; 1, 2 and 3. - Each student in the group will be given a different text which they have to read for getting an overall idea of the text. They will be instructed to focus only on their assigned text and not to read their group mates' texts. - Once they are done reading their texts, they will do exercise 2 together in a group. - The whole class will discuss the answers and then move to exercise 3. - For exercise 3, the group members will share what they read in their assigned text with each other. They will be instructed to verbally share and not to show their texts to each other.
- In this stage, the students will be instructed to put their reading material upside down and not share their texts with their group members. They will do exercise 4 individually without taking/giving help to their group members. - After they are done with exercise 4, they will be instructed to share their reading material with each other. Each student will read all the three given texts and the group will check their answers for exercise 4. - Once the groups are finished checking their answers, the answers will be discussed with the whole class.
By this stage, the students have finished reading all the three texts in detail. As a post reading exercise, they will do exercise 5 and discuss their views with the whole class. An emphasis will be on the difference between the words 'mad' and 'eccentric'.