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Teaching Practice 6
Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will practice reading and listening in the context of the story of a race between the four members of a BBC car programme, Top Gear. In the narrative wee see the sequences of what each team member is doing, and the individual activities focus on different sequences of the race. In the lesson students will have an opportunity to practice language related to transport.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about a race undertaken by the members of a car programme

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice in the context of the same text, this time focusing on the final outcome of the race


Warmer (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Give Ss Istanbul Metro Map. In W/C elicit from some of the ways one can use to go to the Ataturk Airport from different locations. "Haciosman." "Kadikoy" Elicit what kind of transportation this is: public or private. Ask "Which one will be faster?"

Pre-Reading (8 minutes) • To prepare students for the main text with the help of a prediction task based on scanning an introductory text

Show Ss HO. They scan the text for simple identification questions and prediction. Ss scan the text for 2 min. "You have exactly 2 min. You will stop reading when say I say 'Stop'" While they are reading drop the map on Ss's desks. W/C Feedback. "Where do they start from?" Tell them to check the map. —"Kew Bridge" "And where do they have to go to?" —"London City Airport" "Which do you think will be the fastest?" Record on w/b: "Who says it's the car?" "—Four people." "Who thinks it will be the motorboat? "Two people?" and so on. "Who will be the first, second, third, and fourth? Record on w/b again: "Who says Jeremy?" —"Three people." Take brief feedback on the last two questions: "Why do they think so?"

While-Reading #1 (10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading in which Ss rethink their predictions

Give Ss HO. Tell them they have 5 min. to read the text and see if they still think it is the same person who will be the first. Ss read. When they finish: "Discuss with your partner who you think will be the first?" "Anyone changed their minds?"

While-Reading#2 (15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task

Show Ss HO with questions (SsB ex.3c) "Read again and answer the question: Who is it? —Jeremy, Richard, or James?" Monitor and give F/B where necessary. Ss peer-check when they finish. Provide pairs with an answer key and let them self-correct.

Listening#1 (7-8 minutes) • Listening for gist to find out the route and position of the final character in the story

"What happened to The Stig?" Elicit: "What means of transportation he used?" "What are these?" "—The bus, the metro, and the railway." Tell Ss to look at the map again. Elicit The Stig's route. Tell them to mark his route while they listen: "Which station does he start at? Which station is he at now?" Play recording. Ss peer-check. W/C feedback. Elicit the the route and stations.

Listening#2 (8-10 minutes) • Provide Ss with listening practice for specific information in which they will finally find out the winner of the race

Refer to the w/b to recall the participants of the race and their means of transportation. "Make your final guess? Who will win the race? And who will come the second, the third, and the fourth?" Tell Ss to compare their answers. "Now, listen to find out the correct answer" After Ss listen elicit the order. "Who guessed correctly?" Elicit why Jeremy Clarkson was annoyed.

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