Yavuz Mustaoglu Yavuz Mustaoglu

Living History
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will practice the receptive skill of reading and the productive skill of speaking in the context of history.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about a famous estate in the context of living history

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of advantages and disadvantages of living in an estate


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

Put SS in groups. Write the numbers "300, 35,000, 500m, 5m and 600,000 on WB. Ask SS to work in their groups and guess what they represent. (3 minutes) GW Ask SS to share their ideas with other groups. W/C At the end of the task, project the answers on WB Ask SS what these numbers describe. Try to elicit "estate."

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Put students in groups. Distribute the vocabulary HO and ask SS to work alone to fill in the blanks. Solo (3 minutes) Ask SS to check answers in groups. GW Project Living History.ppt and check answers. T - W/C

While-Reading (15-20 minutes) • To provide students with gist and specific information reading tasks

Gist task: Distribute New Headway pp58-59 and ask SS to fold p.58 in half diagonally. Write up the questions "Where...? How old ...? Who ...? When ...? How many ...? How much ...? Which...?" on WB Ask SS to work alone and find if they are answered in the text. (1 minute) Solo Ask SS to check in pairs. PW When they finish checking, project the answers on WB and conduct feedback (2 minutes) Detailed reading task #1 Ask SS to work alone to answer the questions in activity 4 on New Headway p.58. Solo (5 minutes) When the time is up, ask them to check with a pair. PW (2 minutes) Project answers in Living History.ppt and conduct feedback. W/C (2 minutes) Detailed reading task #2 Remind the SS of the questions in the gist task. Ask SS to work in groups to write questions with them. GW (3 minutes) Groups conduct a Q&A. SS - SS (5 minutes)

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Estate debate: Tag SS as "Yea-sayers and nay-sayers" Ask each yea-sayer to think of two advantages of living in an estate and ask each nay-sayer to think of two disadvantages of living in an estate. Solo (2 minutes) Group yea-sayers and nay-sayers into two separate groups and initiate a debate. The debate ends when groups finish sharing their ideas. (6-8 minutes)

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