To provide detailed and inference reading practice using a text about gender gaps on the brain in the context of the mind
To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of the mind
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
To generate interest, the teacher starts the lesson by introducing the topic; this is by asking the Sts to get in female-male pairs to describe/comment the cards to get their interest.
This step is to elicit the meaning of gender gaps as well as clarify a few essential vocabulary items, for example mind and brain and ask Sts if they think men and women are naturally better at certain things by getting them in sex pairs to match the sex to which it tends to be better, then the teacher checks the answers as WC. The teacher pre-sets questions and tells the Sts that they are going to read a passage but need to predict its title from the statements. The teacher gets them in sex pairs to discuss the statements as T. or F. for 1 min to predict the content of the passage.
The teacher asks them to read the text about 2 mn and focus on answers to the Initial /previous task to develop their reading skill (at this moment the teacher can give the text after giving the instruction) The teacher tells them that they don’t need to worry about vocabulary problems. To give Sts confidence and allow them to check and discuss their answers together, the teacher gets the Sts in different sex pairs. The teacher gets answers to the questions and encourages others to express their agreement or disagreement, then get the Sts justify their answers. At this stage, It may be indispensable to reread the passage in case of disagreement or no answer.
To check the Sts deeper understanding of the text,i.e. the ability to infer the meaning of words /phrases from the context or even highlight a particular language point. The teacher sets another task. Sts may discuss questions together and read again to answer the questions and follow this with peer check and feedback.
The teacher sets up a role- play in small groups to let the Sts exploit the text and express themselves.