Ahlem Marrakchi Ahlem Marrakchi

Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students read a text where a technophobe explains why he/she is not keen on modern technology. They practice scan reading and reading for details, and learn vocabulary related to hi tech.


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Abc Markers
Abc Board
Abc Answer key handouts
Abc Questions List
Abc Jigsaw Reading Paragraphs
Abc Headings (Cards)
Abc Glue
Abc Text Handouts

Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a text about technology

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking for fluency in the context of technology


Warmer/Lead-in (3-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The students look at statistics related to technology and try to guess if the numbers are real or not. If they think they're not they say whether they think the real number is higher or lower. The teacher asks related questions about the students' habits to get them talking.

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The teacher pre-teaches vocabulary that might hinder the students' understanding of the text, if not understood. The words "anti-social, flick through, show off, wait on hold, text speak" will be elicited/explained using mime, CCQs, and situational examples.

While-Reading 1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide the students with specific information reading

The students are divided into groups of 3 or 4. They are invited to stand up and look at the texts displayed on the classroom wall. Each group has to work together and match each paragraph of the text with the appropriate heading (cards to be glued). The teacher demonstrates the activity first, then asks the students to quickly read the text and guess which headings go with which paragraphs. Once they have finished, they check the answers of the other groups. The teacher hands in an answer key.

While-Reading 2 (14-15 minutes) • To practice reading for details (Jigsaw reading)

The students are given different paragraphs from the text alongside a questions list. Each student will be able to answer only 2 questions from the list and will, thus, need to ask his/her classmates about the rest. The teacher demonstrates with 2 students, first. The students then work in open pairs to find the answers they need.

Post-Reading (Speaking) (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The students talk about 3 things they can't live without and 3 reasons why they love technology, in closed pairs. The teacher demos first. When it's the students turn to speak, he/she monitors and takes notes of 2 good examples produced by the learners, as well as 2 sentences that can be improved. These will be used for delayed feedback.

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