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TP 8 Reading Imposter!
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will focus on reading skills. The lesson begins with a warm up exercise where the students decide if it's ok to lie. This will set the context of the class. They will then complete a short scan reading exercise based on a newspaper article. Next, they will complete a more challenging receptive task and will answer T/F questions about the same text using detailed reading skills. The lesson finishes with pair and group conversation work based on questions about lies.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice in scan reading for specific and detailed information in the context of imposters

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in conversation in the context of deception and lies


Warmer/Lead-in (7-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in the context of lying about yourself.

I will set the context of the class by telling an anecdote about a friend who lied. The students will then have an opportunity to discuss the situation. - Relate anecdote - Concept check questions (can you guess what happened? Is she successful now?) - Work in pairs and discuss the two questions on the handout - Give handout - Monitor for task and collect feedback - Whiteboard feedback (correction/reformulation)

Pre-Reading Vocab Exercise (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students work through a short vocab exercise to pre-teach some of the lexis in the article. 1) Introduce activity 2) Instruct students to work through the vocab exercise - you have 2 minutes, give out handout 3) Peer check (Monitor to find a student who got them all right) 4) Answer feedback (1 student writes the answers on the board) 5) Concept check questions

While-Reading #1 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist /specific information reading tasks

The students work through a set of questions designed to help them understand the gist of each mini article. The final question (what is an imposter) will clarify the overall content of the complete article - all the characters are imposters. 1) Show the questions on the OHP 2) Instruct the students to answer the questions - where is the article? Posted on the walls in 4 parts. 3) Peer check, monitor and find 1 student who has the correct answers 4) Feedback - 1 student writes the answers on the OHP 5) Concept check

While-Reading #2 (11-12 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed and inference reading task

The students work through a list of true or false questions about the article to test their detailed reading and inference skills. 1) Show the questions on the OHP 2) Instruct the students to work alone and answer the questions 3) Provide the handouts - reading material and questions 4) Monitor to check they are on task 5) Peer check 6) Feedback - provide an answer key with key sentences highlighted

Post-Reading (9-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students work through a list of conversation questions related to deception and lies. 1) Show question sheet 2) Change partners 3) Instruct students to exchange questions and answers 4) Monitor to check on task and collect feedback 5) Change groupings - move into 4s 6) monitor and collect 7) Reformulation/error corrections

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