Reading lesson in the concept of accident-prone people
Intermediate - B1/B2 level


In this lesson students learn about different reading techniques (skimming and detailed reading). They will also learn some new vocabulary within the context.


Main Aims

  • To practice gist and detailed reading in the context of accidents and injuries

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice new vocabulary in the context of clumsy people and learn how to use these words within the context


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

Project slide 2 and elicit the Ss understanding of 'risk'. Have an informal warmer to discuss and elicit new vocab (accident-prone, unplug, insurance, breaking the speed limit) by eliciting. Use miming, realia and visuals where appropriate (details in language analysis) This is a WC activity.

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

Confirm the vocab is understood. Use handouts for the mini self-test about risk taking. Ss work individually first to answer the questions. Then ask them to work in pairs to check their answers and compare. Ask the Ss to unfold the page and check their scores. Ask pairs to report their scores and have a quick WC discussion. In order to prepare for the reading part, do some vocab check and focus on clumsy, upbringing, adolescence. Use miming and visuals to elicit meaning and use. Then regroup the class by a word-meaning activity.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ask the Ss to read the text 'Why so clumsy?' quickly. Give 2 mins and ask them to focus on the question 'What is the text about?' Once they finish their reading ask them to check with their pairs and report back to WC. Elicit FB from Ss. Ex2a - Ask the Ss to search the text for the words upbringing, adolescence, watching TV and being left-handed. As the Ss to work in pairs to find the words in the text and answer the question 'How do you think these things can make people have more accidents?' and elicit FB from the pairs.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ask Ss to read the text slowly and discuss Ex3a in pairs. Use handouts to facilitate. Project slide 4 and ask pairs to come to the board to fill in the blanks. Check with WC.

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

Ex3b - Divide the Ss in 2 groups. Ask them to pick one clumsy person they know of. Make them answer 'Why are they clumsy?' 'What problems did they face as a result of their clumsiness?' 'Did they have any accidents?' Make each group report. Give FB.

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