TP 6, Reading 'The science of happiness'
Pre - Intermediate level
To provide reading for the gist, for specific information and deducing the meaning of the words using a text about happiness.
To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of happiness
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Set the context of the lesson through giving examples of the thing which make you happy: Write 5 things on the WB, for ex.: Being with my family makes me happy Making paintings makes me happy Seeing my friends makes me happy Going on vacations makes me happy Cooking makes me happy And draw a smiley face near all these things. Ask the students: What about you? Write 5 things which make you happy. Compare with your partner. Did you write the same things or not?
Tell the students: You are going to read the text. But before reading it, let's match some words and their meaning. Give them two types of cards: words and their definitions on the other cards. Work in pairs: Climate - a type of weather in a country or in a region measure - find the exact amount of something satisfied - pleased with something objective - something you are planning to achieve Provide quick whole class feedback. Put 4 headings on the WB: 1. Measuring happiness 2. Climate and happiness 3. Money and happiness 4. What makes people happy? Can you predict in pairs what this text is about? And what about each paragraph?
Using 4 headings on the WB ask the students to: Read the text quickly and match paragraphs and the headings.
Ex. 2, p. 66. Course book. Read the text and complete the questions. Check in paris.
Write the first highlighted word (calculate) on the WB: Social scientists usually calculate ....people are. Encourage the sts to try to deduce the meaning of the word 'calculate' from the context together. Elicit the word class (it is a verb), then possible meanings and synonyms. Then the sts do the ex. 3, p. 66. (Course book).
Extend your vocabulary, p.66. Do first expression together deciding if it is happy or sad. Ask sts to guess the meaning and draw smiley or sad faces next to each expression 1-6.
Sts ask each other the questions from Ex.4, p.66. Engage them to give some more explanation asking the question 'Why?'. Questions: Do you agree with what the text says about happiness? Do you think it is possible to measure the happiness? What are things that make people happy? Whole class mingle.Give the chart to the sts. Ask to conduct a survey: How happy are you? What would you like to change to be happy? Show the example. Take whole class feedback. Draw a happiness line from 1 to 10 and write the names of the students where they think they are on this line. Then ask sts the two questions noted in the text in pairs and write these questions on the WB: 1. How happy are you from 1 to 10? 2. How satisfied are you with your life?