Natalia Coşkun Natalia Coşkun

TP 8, Reading 'Before they were famous'
Pre - Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be presented some pictures of famous people. The teacher will engage them to talk about the life experience of these people in the past, what job they were doing and what they are doing now. After that, students will read the text about the people on the pictures. They will do some prediction before reading, reading for the gist and reading for details as well. The lesson will be followed up by speaking practice to discuss students' opinions on this topic.


Abc Hand-out

Main Aims

  • To provide reading for the gist, for specific information and deducing the meaning of the words using a text about famous people

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of discussing the things people did in the past


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set up the context of the lesson and engage students

Show Ss some photos of famous people (the ones from the text), ask them: - How many people in the pictures do you recognise? What do you know about them? After getting the answers, give Ss cards with some questions to discuss in groups: - Which people have you seen in the movies? - What films have they been in? - Do you know any other information about them (are they married, do they have children, maybe their hobbies)? Get the quick whole class feedback.

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and help them to predict the content of the text

Here are some jobs these people did before they were famous. First , let's match these jobs and their definitions. Give them two types of cards: words and their definitions on the other cards. Work in pairs: assistant chef - someone who helps to cook food to the most important cook in restaurant carpenter - a person whose job is making and repairing wooden objects and structures bellman - a man whose job is to carry people's bags to their room in a hotel soldier - a person who is in an army and wears its uniform, especially someone who fights when there is a war street musician - someone who performs music as their job on the streets waiter - a man ho brings food or drink to your table in a restaurant model - someone whose job is to show clothes Check using the answer keys. Guess now in pairs which person did which job? Now, let's see the text. What is the topic of the text? Your ideas?

While-Reading/ Skim reading for the gist (3-5 minutes) • To predict the contents of the text and to provide Ss with reading for the gist.

Read the text (2 min.) and see if your guesses were correct. - Can you tell what were these people doing before became famous? Now, discuss with your partner and match the people and their professions.

While-Reading/ Scan reading for details (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task

Read the text one more time and answer the questions in pairs. Ex. 3, Cutting Edge Student's book. Which of these people : 1. wasn't very good at his previous job? 2. needed a job because he had a wife and chidren? 3. had a bad relationship with his/her boss? 4. found his/her job useful when he/she became an actor? 5. seemed to like his/her previous job? 6. thought he received good money in his job? 7. hated his job? After discussing in pairs, the teacher will provide a whole class feedback Match the sentences with the names of the famous people. 1. He served in army in Korea. 2. He got good tips and worked 3 or 4 days a week. 3. He was one of the main characters of Star wars. 4. He appeared in the film The Graduate. 5. He made about £20 a day. 6. He was popular in mail-order catalogues. People: D. Hoffman, T. Hanks, M. Caine, E. McGregor, A. Banderas Check the correct answers using answer keys.

While-Reading/Deducing the meaning from the context (3-4 minutes) • To provide Ss with practice for deducing meaning of the expressions from the text

In three or four groups find out what are the meanings of these expressions: make a living support a family argue with someone spill a drink Then match them with their definitions, the team that finishes first - raise a hand.

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

Short interviews with celebrities: The teacher stick up some new photos of famous Turkish people. - Do you know thsese people? Are they famous? Do you like them? Let's have a look at the list of posssible questions to ask these people. In pairs choose the best questions to ask each one. Exchange your opinions with the other pair of Ss. Then he gives hand-outs (with some useful language to help them) to Ss. Think and write some 4 -5 questions for the interview, you can use the questions from the list or you can prepare your own questions. Choose the one celebrity you would like to interview and ask your questions. Practice the interview with your partner.

If-Time Activities (6-8 minutes) • To provide more speaking practice for Ss

Ask some students to act out their dialogues from the previous stage. In groups of three, two of Ss acts out the dialogue, a student from another group tries to guess who is this famous person in their dialogue. In pairs, think about jobs which would provide useful experience for someone becoming an actor. Justify your choice. Exchange your idea with other pair. Talk in groups of three: Have you ever had a holiday or temporary job? What was it like?

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