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Straightforward Elem Demo - U2a
Elementary (A1) level


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Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in reading for gist and specific information through a reading about people living in other countries - The Expat Files
  • To provide clarification, review and practice of present simple tense in the context of where people live and work

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss with freer speaking practice
  • To provide clarification and review of common verb phrases about personal life and free-time activities
  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about an expat in the context of where


GTKY (5-7 minutes) • To get to know the Ss and to help them get to know each other, and to find out a little about how much L2 they know.

Introduce myself to the Ss. Put jumbled questions on the board - Ss work in pairs to unjumble the questions. Take FB - write the questions: "What's your name?" "Where are you from?" "What's your job?" Check Ss are clear about the meaning using examples and asking individual Ss. Help with answers, e.g. jobs as needed - some Ss might need help with "I'm retired" or "I don't work." Drill the questions and any supporting vocab. Ss stand up and mingle and meet other people in the class, asking the questions. Ss sit down - take FB - Ss introduce other Ss to the class. Encourage them to say "This is .., S/he's ..." etc.

Lead-in (9-10 minutes) • To arouse interest in the topic, and to introduce common verb phrases. To prepare them for the following stages.

Draw a circle on the w/b. In the middle, write "drink" - elicit words to write around the circle - "tea, coffee, etc. Show HO - tell them to write words for the verbs in the middle as on the w/b. Put Ss into small groups. Ss work together to write words onto the two circles they each have. After a minute or so, pass the circles round to the next group and add words - repeat a couple of times. Put the completed circles on the walls. Ss stand up, read them and check if they are correct - or if they can add any more. Ss sit down - take some FB & check - prompt with words to elicit the collocations. Put any words not covered from U2a, p.22, Vocab ex 1 & 2 not included on the circles onto the board. Ss add them to the appropriate verbs.

Pre-reading (7-8 minutes) • To prepare Ss for the reading and encourage them to think about the context

Elicit where I am from - England/Britain. Ask where I live. Establish that I am British but I live and work in Turkey to introduce the idea of an "expat". Ask CCQs if needed. "Am I on holiday?" "Am I now Turkish?" etc. Elicit "similar & different" - check Ss know what these mean. Ask Ss how my life in Turkey is similar to or different from my life in Britain Write "different" and "similar" on two columns on the w/b - elicit a couple of ideas & put them in the columns. Ss work in pairs/small groups to come up with more ideas. Monitor and help where needed. Ss come to the w/b and write some of their ideas. FB - tell them what they are right about.

Initial reading (5-6 minutes) • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information.

Tell Ss they will read about some expats. Show Ss the pictures - check again that they know the people are British. Ask them to guess where they live - but don't confirm yet. Ask Ss if the people have the same similar and different points as me. Ss read the texts and answer the questions in Reading ex1 & to see if the people are the same as me. Ss peer-check their answers Take FB and deal with any problems

Reading Task 2 (5-6 minutes) • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information.

Show Ss Reading ex2 - give Ss a minute to read through the statements and check for any unknown vocab. Ss read the text again and write the correct name(s) next to the statements. Ss peer-check their answers - Ss come to the w/b to write the names next to the numbers. Check as a whole-class and deai with any questions.

Post-reading (8-10 minutes) • To check the Ss' understanding of the text and to provide the opportunity for for freer speaking and semi-controlled writing

Divide the class into two groups. Tell Ss to turn their HOs face down Ss work in groups to write as many sentences as they can about the text. - 1 x group writes about Sandra, the second writes about Carl and Anna. Monitor and help where necessary. Ss peer-check with other members in their group and add to/correct their sentences if needed. Regroup Ss to mix the groups into pairs/small groups. Ss tell each other the sentences they wrote about their characters. Ss look at the text again and check how many they got right. Whole-class FB. (Alternative - if time is short or if the Ss seem to need something more active. Board rush- Organise the Ss into 2 lines. Call out statements from the text about the different characters. Ss take it in turns in their teams to race to the w/b to write the name(s) of the people they are about. The 1st S to get the correct answer right for each statement wins a point for their team.)

Flexi-stage - If time (4-5 minutes) • To give Ss the chance to respond personally to the text

If time - Ss in pairs talk about which character(s) from the reading have a good life, and if they want to live in a different country. Monitor. Take w/c FB

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