Ewelina Ewelina

Older and wise?
B2 Upper Intermediate level


Abc Latham-Koenig, C. & Oxenden, C. (2014) English File UpInt Ss Bk 3rd Edition, OUP

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about older and wiser?

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion about older and wiser. Provide clarification of the verb phrases.


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

Ask students what does it is mean: old, wise Show photos of Nick Sydney and Karoline Bell and ask: What do you think has been done to them and why? Focus attention on the photos and elicit ideas from the class. Don't tell them if they are right or not.

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Explain to the class that the article they are going to read is about a real TV documentary. Tell them to read the first paragraph of "Trading Ages" to find out the answer to the question: What do you think has been done to them and why? Check answers. You can also explain meaning of the title "Trading ages" (exchanging ages) Put Ss in pairs and get them to look at the highlighted words and phrases and to guess their meaning. Remind them that they are all related to the body. Check answers eighter explaining in English, showing photos or getting Ss to check in their dictionaries.

While-Reading #1 (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Focus on the task and questions 2-3 in section c. Elicit some ideas. Set a time limit (4-5 minutes) for Ss to read the rest of the article after get Ss compare answers with their partner and then check their answers from section c.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Now give Ss time to read the article again ( make sure they read the whole article again, from the first paragraph to the end) and answer the questions with initials or B for both. Check answers with answer key

Post-Reading (11-14 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Tell students to look at the highlighted verb phrases and to try to guess what they mean. Then they should match them with their meaning. Check answer, eighter explaining in English or getting Ss to check in their dictionaries. Additional if there is still time. Students watch video from youtube about "Best Advice You've Received" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfsyrNKhNTE than discussing in groups about: What is the best advice you've ever received?

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