Life events
Elementary level


In this lesson students are going to read a text about Nelson Mandela's life. They will practice reading for gist and reading for details.They also have the opportunity to learn and practice some useful collocations and vocabulary which is related to the context of life events. class will be finish with a freer oral practice talking about some famous Turkish people.


Main Aims

  • To provide the reading task about Nelson Mandela's life for a gist and detailed reading in the context of "life events"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and review of the collocations and some new vocabularies in the context of life events


Warmer/Lead-in (6-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

*Regroup ss by giving them different adj," nice, beautiful, lovely, friendly" ans ask them to sit together * Ask ss to write their name on a piece of paper * Show a chart about myself on the board and ask SS to guess my life events in groups *elicit the answers, Try to elicit the word "life events" and if possible some collocation such as meet Sebu, study management, become teacher, have 2 sisters,

Pre-Reading (5-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

* Regroup ss in 6 groups of 4-5 * give each group a set of verbs, " start, have, meet, write,.." * explain the game and * demonstrate one example *ask ss to go around the class and find their color and put their verbs on the right place * winner is the first group who finishes first *ask ss to go the different group and find mistakes *elicit the answers *show some pictures on the board one by one and ask ss CCQs to elicit vocab, president, law, divorced, prison, politicions

Reading for gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

*show them a picture of Nelson Mandela and ask them to discuss in group about whatever they know about his life *elicit some answers *give them the reading task and ask them in to fill in the gaps with numbers in pairs *elicit answers

Reading for specific information (10-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

*ask them to read and listen to the same reading and then in their groups put the sentences in the order *ask a person in each group to go to the other group to check their answers *put the answers on the board

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

*split up the class in 2 groups and give each group a different picture *ask them to prepare for 1 min to think about that person's life event *ask group A to find a partner in the group B to explain their picture. The other SS should guess who the person is. They change the role.

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