Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq

Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn some traveling tips through reading about different cultures, in addition to useful vocabulary used with traveling.


Abc EX1
Abc Pics and words
Abc Reading text

Main Aims

  • To provide practice on reading for gist and for details through a passage on culture shock

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice on travel-related vocabulary word in the context of reading about culture shock


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- The teacher starts with introducing the concept of "gesture" to students by trying different gestures and illustrating their meaning from students. - The teacher shows students a 2-minute video on the different meaning of gestures across cultures. - The teacher asks students if they remember any. They might remember a couple of them. - The teacher asks the students to watch carefully and try to remember the gestures and their meaning in different cultures. - The students then get in pairs and try to draw the gesture and write its meaning in each country they have seen in the video. - The teacher checks who gets the highest number of correct answers with the whole class.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

- The teacher divides students into pairs A,B. Initially, students A receive "pics and words" handout, while students B receive "EX1" handout. - Each pair work together to match the bold-faced words with the corresponding picture. - The teacher does a whole-class feedback to check students' answers. - Students then work with the same pairs to do exercise 1.a. and guess if the statements are true or false.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

- The teacher distributes the reading text to students. The students read the text and check their answers in 1.b.

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

- The teacher asks students to red again and write down the four most surprising things for them. - Students switch pairs and talk about their choices to their partners. The teacher monitors and takes notes on the good language and the language that needs improvement.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- The teacher prepares cards that have sentences with the vocabulary words students learned in the reading passage. - The teacher divides students into two groups. Then, one students from each group comes up and reads the sentence in the card. The student has to to gesture the sentence for their group to guess the answer. - Each group do it in turn, and the group with the highest correct words wins.

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