upper intermediate level
Main Aim: To give Ss practice in the integrated skills of reading for specific information and detail, and speaking for fluency in the context of optimism.
To introduce related vocabulary.
Procedure (37-44 minutes)
Show Ss picture of a glass (half empty or half full) on the board and ask "Is it half empty or half full?" Ss work in pairs and discuss Take group feed back and elicit optimistic and pessimistic
Show Ss title 'All's well that ends well'. -Ask "What does this mean?", "Is this optimistic or pessimistic?" Ss in pairs to discuss, Take FB. -Ask Ss "Do you think most people in the world are optimists or pessimists?" Ss in pairs to discuss, Take FB. PASS OUT ARTICLE Read paragraph to check their thoughts. "were they right? Were they surprised about anything? " -Ask Ss "Do you think you are a pessimist or optimist" Ss in pairs to discuss, Take FB
Divide the class into two groups. -Tell students each group will read a different person answering "What are you optimistic about?" Give each group basic informations about their author. -Ask "What do you think they have to be optimistic about" Ss discuss in pairs. NO FEEDBACK Students now read their pieces and check their thoughts with their group/pairs.
Regroup students so that they are with a partner of a different article. Ss tell their partners about the piece they read. Take FB. "Who is more optimistic?"
Pass out hand out with 5-6 words from both texts Students complete the paper and match the terms using the text to help them -Take FB Provide answers and clarification of pronunciation
-Use ppt to ask Ss "What ideas do both answers have in common?" & "What are you optimistic about?" Group into 4s, Ss discuss in pairs, Take FB