Fame & Fortune
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will read about ways people become famous (e.g. doing smth unusual, appearing on TV, etc), learn expressions about fame and fortune, and answer gist/detail/inference questions based on the reading text.


Main Aims

  • To provide scan & detailed reading practice using a text about ways of becoming a celebrity

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of idiomatic expressions in the context of fame & fortune
  • To provide fluency practice in speaking about fame & fortune


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

S see a photo of a few celebrities from various fields and walks of life. T will elicit their names and brief info about them before eliciting the word "celebrity". Ss answer 2 questions in pairs: 1) come up with a list of 3 most famous people in the world; 2) In which ways do people become famous? T takes W/C FB & writes ideas on the board.

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

T gives instructions for a vocabulary fill-in-the-blank task and distributes HOs. Ss do the fill in the blanks individually. Ss peer-check. Ss come to the board to write the answers. T uses CCQs/synonyms to confirm MPF.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T sets a time limit for ss to answer 2 gist Qs: 1) Are any of your ideas about becoming famous mentioned in the text? 2) What other ways are given? T hands out the reading passage. Ss find the answers individually. Ss peer-check. T takes W/C FB.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Phase 1: Ss (individually) find and underline names of celebrities on the slide shown. Ss try & find how these people became famous. Ss peer-check. T shows the slide with answers & asks ss to match. T provides FB. Phase 2: T gives instructions & distributes Ex.4 (HO). Ss work in groups of 3 to find the answers. T shows answers on slide.

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

T gives instructions, shows slide Q & hands out cut-ups to groups of 3/4 "like-minded ppl". Ss discuss ideas and decide on 2 items which most/least appeal to their group Ss present their ideas to class.

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