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The meaning of life
Elementary, A1 level level


In this lesson, Ss learn a moral and understand what really matters in life. The teacher provides the context for pre-reading which is followed by clarification of new vocabulary items through applying ECDW technique. After that Ss predict the topic. Then, they will listen to the story. Next, they read for details which is finally followed by a speaking task for which the Ss will have a chance to work in groups. The teacher should keep in mind to monitor the tasks, note down the errors, and give feedback. Different feedback techniques should be applied by the teacher.


Main Aims

  • The main aim of this lesson is reading (receptive skill)

Subsidiary Aims

  • The sub aim is listening (receptive)


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

A picture of a fisherman in a village is shown on the board. The teacher asks some questions and elicits the answers from the Ss to provide the context for reading the text.

Pre-Reading (8-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Pre-teaching some vocabulary items will be done through ECDW. Then Ss are asked to predict what the topic of the reading will be. Then, the teacher will ask some general questions like What does a businessman do? Is he rich or not?

While-Reading (6-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The Ss read the tiny paragraph at the beginning of the text. Then, they are asked to answer the questions in part 1, p.50. They check their answers in pairs. As a feedback technique, Ss nominate one of their peers to read the right answer. Next, they will listen to part 2 p.50. feedback: in pairs they express their ideas and after that the teacher asks them to express their ideas to the whole class with reasons.

While-Reading (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

In the next stage, they are asked to read the questions in part 3, p.50., then read the reading text individually (reading for details) which is followed by answering the questions. Feedback: Ss will write down the answers on the board.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The Ss work in 2 groups. They teacher asks them to express their ideas whether they like to be the fisherman or the businessman. Why? It helps them improve their autonomy. They will have the chance to communicate and they can even relate it to an experience in their own lives. Personalization is really helpful in motivating them which will lead them to speak (productive skill).

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