Michael Youssef Labib Michael Youssef Labib

Intermediate level


In this lesson students will practice their reading and speaking skills to talk about different things they can't live without.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson students will have practiced reading for gist and detailed comprehension.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking in the context of things we can't live without


Lead-in and set context (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will tell students a story that gets them interested in the passage. The story mainly is about forgetting my phone at home and I will introduce the topic, "things you can't live without", through this story. I will ask students "have you ever been through a similar situation before?". I will give them a chance to talk to each other, in pairs, about these situations. I will ask one or two students directly and use follow-up questions.

Pre-Reading/teach vocabulary (5-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I will tell students that before we read the article there are a few words and phrases they need to know first. I will teach those words and phrases: anti-social /ˌæntiˈsəʊʃ(ə)l/ fill the time /fɪl/ /ðə/ /taɪm/ star at /stɑːr/ /æt/ flick through /flɪk/ /θruː/ text speak /tɛkst/ /spiːk/ technophobe /ˈteknəʊfəʊb / I will tell students 1-2 sentences for each phrase/word to elicit the meaning. I will then use CCQs, if needed, to make sure they all understand it. I will then drill those words and finally I will write them on the board. I will end this stage by telling them that they will be reading an article about someone who doesn't like technologies.

While-Reading #1 (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist task

I will hand them paper-sheets with the article and the gist question. I will give them 3 minutes and tell them to read the article quickly and match the headings below with the seven paragraphs. I will use ICQs to make sure they understand my instructions. I will then ask them to compare their answers in pairs, and ask a few of them about the answers they came up with. Then go to check their answers on the answer sheets placed on the walls.

While-Reading #2 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading task

I will hand out paper-sheets with five questions on them. Those are detailed comprehension questions. I will ask students to read the article slowly and that they have 10 minutes to answer these questions. I will use ICQs to make sure they understand my instructions. They will be working individually first, then they will discuss their answers in pairs. I will then provide them with answer sheets.

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

I will ask students to discuss the following questions in small groups 1- Do you think the author is male or female, young or middle-aged? what makes you think this? 2- Do you agree with him/her or do you think he/she is living in the past? why?

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