To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about 'marriage is a thing of the past'
To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a debate in the context of marriage
Procedure (49-55 minutes)
Students look at the photos of some wedding ceremonies and try to guess their date.
Teacher distrubutes the reading text to the students and asks for unknown words and clarifies the meaning of some vocabulary items and expressions.
Students will read the text about a writer's comments on 'marriage is a thing of the past' and try to figure out if writer agrees with this statement or not. Then they will check their ideas with their partners.
Students do the activity 3 from Straightforward book. Read read the article again and put the sentences a-d in the gaps 1-4. Then they check their answers in pairs.
Teacher shows the discussion language on the board and tells students to use the language when they are discussing. Students discuss the question 'Is marriage changing in your country? Why?' in pairs and then they change their pairs and discuss the question 'What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting married?' and then they discuss the question 'At what age do people usually get married? ' as a whole class.
Students read the text 'Did you know?' and discuss the questions 'Are they the same in your country? and What wedding traditions do you have in your country?' in groups.