Chareen Chareen

'Telling a story' : Fact or Fiction
Intermediate (individual student levels [of] are yet to be determined) level


SS will be introduced to the nuances of body language as they pertain to whether a person is telling the truth or lying. SS will practice reading and speaking skills.


Abc HO - vocabulary
Abc HO - matching first and second half of sentences
Abc Over Head Projector
Abc HO - "How do you know if someone is lying?"

Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using the example from text, "How do you know if someone is lying?" There will be additional reading practice from HOs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice.


Part 1 Intro Question, "How can you tell if someone is lying?" (4-5 minutes) • Speaking practice

Question prompt (see Main Aim) with follow-on question to WC, 'What do you think are some of the body gestures a person might display if they are telling a lie?' T gives example prompts. 1. Think about a time when you knew for sure someone was lying to you or when you were telling a lie. 2. Did you notice any change in their / your body language? Did they / you do something out of character?

Part 2 Call my Bluff (5-6 minutes) • Speaking practice

T will write 3 sentences on the WB, 2 truths and 1 lie. T will say the sentences either using or not using the 'cues' discussed in Part 1. WC answers whether T was telling a lie or truth and why.

Part 3 Vocabulary and Reading (intro to text article, "How do you know if someone is lying?" (10-11 minutes) • Introduce new vocabulary and practice reading

T explains the vocabulary will be in the text they are about to read, to take a minute to familiarize themselves with the list IN THE CONTEXT OF LYING, and to think about and write their answer to the prompt questions. Question Prompts 1. How does a 'white-lie' differ from an actual falsehood? 2. Can a lie 'destroy' a relationship? Why? 3. Can a 'nation' be destroyed by lies? Think of recent political events in which the people of a nation 'rose up' against their government leader(s) to begin a democracy. Give an example of a lie that would make the people of a nation angry. 4. Do you think a person who is lying uses many hand gestures or sits still (not moving)? 4 SS will be nominated to give their answers.

Part 4 Gist reading of HO - "How do you know if someone is lying?" (5-6 minutes) • Reading practice and to have the students understand the concept of skimming an article to get the 'gist'.

T will explain to the SS they are to 'skim' (do not read word for word . . . scan for important points) the HO to get the 'gist' (the basic ideas) of the article. T will tell SS to recall their answers to the questions just presented and to see if their answers match the information in the article.

Part 5 'Say' and 'Tell' (6-7 minutes) • Students will identify the difference of 'to say' and 'to tell'

T will write the definition of 'to say' and 'to tell' on the WB. T will elicit SS understanding of concepts to 'say" and 'tell' by nominating 2 SS to give one example of each. T will explain the HO has 2 columns, one of numbers containing the first half of a sentence (using 'say' or 'tell'), and one of letters containing the second half of the sentence. The SS will work individually to match the columns. SS will work in pairs to check each other's answers.

Part 6 Reinforce meaning of to 'say' and 'tell (4-5 minutes) • Clarity of proper usage

T uses WB to make two columns with the headers 'Say' and "Tell'. T tells SS to refer to HO. T writes first example using the sentences / phrases from 2A matching exercise. T elicits O/C responses to complete the chart.

Part 7 Agree / Disagree (5-6 minutes) • Speaking

T reads the statements from 2C using OHP (leaves the OCP on for SS to refer to statements). T divides the class in half to do GW to ask each other the questions and what each others' opinions are. T nominates one SS from each group to share the opinion.

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