Lic Diana Rios Lic Diana Rios

Upper-intermediate level


During this lesson, the SS will practice their reading comprehension skills. They will start with a discussion about whether or not celebrities should take part in politics. They will read about some of them and comment on their cases. Then, the SS will talk about their knowledge of Arnold Schwarzenegger and they will read a report about him. Using the text, a vocabulary and an ordering activity will be completed. Finally, the SS will discuss about the possibility of a former star to become a president in their countries.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Arnold Schwarzenegger in the context of celebrities involved in politics.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give practice in oral fluency in a series of discussions related to celebrities involved in politics.
  • To provide clarification of useful words and phrases taken from the text in order to facilitate it's comprehension.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and get the students interested in the topic.

SS will work in pairs, A and B. Each SS will have a set of 3 short paragraphs about stars getting involved in politics. SS work in pairs. Each SS reads the paragraphs and tells his/her partner about them. SS think and discuss "what do they have in common?" Ask ICQs: What do we do? How do we work? what question do we discuss? WC FB SS are regrouped in teams of 4. T displays 3 questions on the WB. SS are asked to discuss the questions in their groups. WC FB

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To ready students for the text and predict its content.

T displays Arnold Schwarzenegger's photo and asks the SS: "What do you know about him?" After a couple of answers, SS make groups of 4-5 people. A chart with the words: family, education, films, politics, sports and future plans is displayed on the WB. In their groups, SS are asked to discuss the displayed topics referring to Arnold. SS are nominated to come to the WB and fill in the chart.

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To give students practice in reading for a gist and get a general idea of the text.

SS are given the reading HO. SS read the text. In groups, SS find out which topics, from the previous chart, are not mentioned in the reading. SS finish the chart from the previous stage.

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide clarification of key words from the reading.

Behind the reading text, SS have a vocabulary exercise. SS have to complete 8 explanatory sentences with words taken from the text. SS compare their answers with their classmates'. WC FB is given.

While-Reading #3 (5-7 minutes) • To practice reading for details and comprehending the text in depth.

SS get a set of 8 cut-outs of Arnold's life's events. In groups, SS order the events in chronological order according to reading. T displays the answer key.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to work on oral fluency.

In groups, SS discuss a question: "Do you think a former actor could become president in your country? Why (not)?" SS share their ideas WC.

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