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Reading Lesson on Viral TV Shows
Intermediate, Adult. level


This lesson is a reading lesson. It begins with a discussion on the popularity of things in Turkey--where the lesson is held--and around the world. Students speculate on what abroad may be popular in Turkey if introduced, and what in Turkey may be popular if introduced abroad. Some vocabulary words if needed to be taught are pre-taught. There is then a reading with accompanying skim-reading, scan-reading, and detailed reading questions. Afterward, there is a mingling activity where the students think of two things, TV shows or other products--one that would be popular in Turkey and one that would be popular internationally. The students share each other's ideas and record them. There is then a discussion on what the students chose and why they chose it.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about internationally popular television shows in the context of media

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of of media and products


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

T connects topic to previous lessons for example films, as well as presenting an anecdote of my personal example of coming from Canada and being shocked that some odd things were popular in Turkey related.

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

Keywords are pretaught. Form and pronunciation is checked too. A discussion is held on what is popular in Turkey, what is popular abroad, what TV shows are popular, and what things need to be popular.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (20-25 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students read the text speedily (3 mins) to complete the skimming questions. One student reads answers for feedback. Students read again speedily (3mins) tocomplete scan questions. Students give answers in turn. Students read the text fully and do detailed reading questions. Whole Class check.

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

Students are asked to devise ideas for two products, TV shows, or even physical things to sell--one that would be popular in Turkey and one that would be popular internationally. Students mingle and explain their ideas to each other and explain why they would be popular. (As speaking is for fluency error correction is delayed) A concluding discussion is held, first on what ideas and why the students had them, and later on, for most of the discussion, on what makes something popular and whether the article changed their minds as to that question.

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