Reading Task + Oral Practice on the Topic (TP 4a)
Upper-Intermediate B2 level
To practice Ss' skills of reading for gist and detailed information
To provide Ss with speaking practice in a personalized way in the context of food habits (Childhood Food Experience)
Procedure (21-29 minutes)
T tells the Ss that s/he didn't like seafood (esp. oysters) when he was a kid, but that now s/he likes it now (in less than a minute). Some Ss may not know what oyster means, so T shows 2 pictures on the board to clarify. T uses body language and mining at this stage (for oyster, shell, yummy, yuck).
T asks Ss to talk about their most favorite & least favorite food in pairs. INSTRUCTIONS: Now tell your partner (sitting next to you) what food you like and what food you don't like. AND remember to say the reason! You have 2 minutes. ICQs: Do you do it in groups or in pairs? IN PAIRS. Do you say the reason or just name the food? WE SAY THE REASON. How much time? 2 MINUTES! T monitors. When s/he makes sure they are on task, s/he tries to vanish somewhere at the back of the class. T also takes notes as he listens.
T hands out the article copied in different colors to Ss. Ss are also given a glossary with words that occur in the reading. The article doesn't have a title. Ss skim the article and think of a title. Then, they sit in groups with classmates who have the same color. They share answers and explain why they chose that title. Ss have 8 minutes for both choosing the title and sharing their answers. T runs feedback, writing his own & the Ss' answers on the board. INSTRUCTIONS: Read the article. It doesn't have a title. Think of a title and write it at the top of the page. ICQs: Does the article have a title? NO! So you read the article and think of a ...? TITLE When they are done, T says... INSTRUCTIONS: Get into groups with friends who have the same color. Share your answers.
Ss are given an extract with 5 questions. They will do close-reading this time. INSTRUCTIONS: Read the questions first. Then read the article again and answer the questions. You have 5 min for this. ICQs (though they may not be really necessary here): Do you read the questions first or the article? THE Qs. How many questions? 5. How much time? 5 min. Because this is a reading task, the teacher does not do close monitoring so the Ss are not distracted. Ss check the answers in pairs with a classmate sitting next to them. Next, T runs WC feedback by asking volunteers to read out their answers loud.
Ss are given an HO (in different colors) encouraging them to talk about what they didn't like as a kid but now like. Predicting a situation in which a student may say, "I likes and I like all foods."(not having anything to say about food), the T adds other options like an activity or a drink so that every one in the group speaks. INSTRUCTION: OK, everybody, get into groups with friends who have the same color. Say what you didn't like as a kid but like now. Explain what made you change your mind. EXAMPLE: When I was a kid, I didn't like noodles because the way mom cooked noodles, it tasted very salty, but now I like noodles very much, because my wife makes noodles in a different way ...