Haya Mawahreh Haya Mawahreh

X Factor winners
Elementary ( A2) level


In this lesson, students read a text about four singers and the winners of the X Factor TV programme. They first have a lead-in activity to predict the topic of the text and get them interested in reading the text. Then, they scan the text to find some specific information and do True/False activity. After that, they will do a vocabulary activity related to the highlighted words in the text. As post reading activity, students will talk about similar programmes in their countries and famous singers. For the speaking activity, students will mingle and interview each other about who wants to be famous.


Abc English File Elem Ss-BK, U5A, HO, pictures

Main Aims

  • To guess the meanings of some vocabulary.
  • to read the text for details.
  • To read to get specific information from the text.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To ask and answer questions for an interview.


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

Students look at the pictures and and the title of the text and say one thing about each picture. T. asks: Where are they? Are they famous? Do you know what "X Factor " is? Students predict things about the persons in the pictures and brainstorm ideas or words.

Pre-reading (5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students work in pairs to guess "Which two of the four singers are winners?" Students read the text to check their answer.

While-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T. gives instructions for the vocabulary activity Students work in pairs to match words with pictures and definitions. Teacher and students discuss the meanings. Teacher drills the highlighted words in the text.

While-Reading #2 (10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed and deduction reading tasks

Teacher gives students T/F sentences Students first work alone, read the text and circle the correct answer Students work in pairs to check answers Students work in groups to correct the false sentences Teacher checks their answers and provides feedback.

Post-Reading (10-13 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Teacher gives instructions for the post-reading activities First, students work in groups to talk about similar programmes to X Factor in their country, and mention names of some winners. Second, Students have a hand-out with questions (a questionnaire), T. goes with students over the form and the way to fill it in They mingle and ask each other questions and write their partners responses. When they finish, they add the numbers of the "How well" column The student who has the highest number will be the X Factor

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