To practice reading to answer gist questions and read to find specific information.
• To practise less/semi-controlled speaking.
Procedure (50-64 minutes)
Use the picture in the text to ask ss about their predictions about the text. What do you think this text is about? The answers may vary. They might say, it;s about children, playing or even the park. Let them predict with out giving them the right answers as they are going to discuss this in the following activities. All the answers are accepted now without feedback or correction as the aim her is to involve students into the reading tasks.
Go quickly through a few examples of new vocabulary like: obesity, sedentary and unsupervised. Elicit their meaning from the students, using CCQs like: 'Does obesity mean to become fat or thin?'
After the students have been introduced to the text, They are asked now to read the text in one minute to answer 3 questions. Tell them that they don't need to read and understand every word. They only need to get the main idea clear. Use ICQs to make sure that ss know what to do. Demonstrate the first question with them. Let them work individually first. Then put them in pairs to check their answers.
Again ask ss to read the text quickly, two minutes this time, and look for certain pieces of information. Tell them that they need to read the questions carefully to know what are they going to look for in the text. Give them thirty seconds to read the multiple choice questions. Then ask them to start reading for two minutes and find the answers. Now let them work in groups to check their answers. After working in groups provide them with the answer key to compare their answers to it.
Discuss the text with the ss by asking them what do/don't they like about the text. After listening to some of them, tell them that they are going to work ion pairs. They are going to role play. Ask them to imagine that they are in a radio discussion with the writer of the text. One of them is going to be the writer and the other is going to be the interviewer. The interviewer has to as k questions related to the subject in the text. The other one has to answer from the writer's point of view. Give them 20 minutes to create the conversation. While working, go through the class and monitor the task.