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In the media
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will learn about the present simple and the past simple passive through guided discovery based on a reading text about the newspaper. The lesson starts through a discussion about the newspaper. It is followed by reading for gist 5 articles in the newspaper to match them to their headlines. Then Ss will be introduced to the passive structure by focusing one some sentences in the text. This is followed by two controlled practice exercises and one freer exercise.


Abc white board
Abc Students' course book Cutting Edge
Abc Projector
Abc Picture
Abc Handouts
Abc Computer
Abc Answer Keys

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice the past passive in the context of in the media.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide reading for gist and scanning in the context of in the media.


Lead in / warmer (3-5 minutes) • To generate interest to the topic

I will show the Ss a picture of a newspaper kiosk. I will ask them: How often do you read the newspaper? Do you read any magazines? what kind of news do you like to read? etc.

Gist and scan tasks (5-7 minutes) • To ensure Ls are comfortable with the text before exploiting it for language.

I will give the Ss handouts with the text and ask them to read it quickly in 3 minutes and to match the 5 articles to their headlines. Instructions: Please read the text quickly and match each article to its headline. I'll give you 3 minutes to finish. Then Ss will check their answers in pairs. Following by my feedback. After that I will hand the Ss sheets with 4 true or false questions and I will tell them the following instruction: read the questions first and then read again the text to find out whether they are true or false. Are you going to read in detail? Are you going to tick only true or false? this will be followed by pair check and my feedback.

Highlight language (2-3 minutes) • To highlight the target language in the context,

I will give the Ss a sheet with 2 sentences one in the present simple and the other is in the past simple passive form. I will ask them to look at the sentences and answer the questions. For example? is it past, present or future? Do we know who did these sentences? is it important to know? Ss will answer individually and then will check their answers in pairs. I will elicit the answer to highlight the passive forms.

Clarify language (meaning) (2-3 minutes) • To provided clarification of meaning of the TL. To check Ls understand the target language for meaning.

I will write the two sentence on board 'A Cambodian immigrant was presented with a giant cheque'. 'Every year thousands of accidents are caused by ordinary people' . Ask CCQ to elicit the meaning. Do we know the doer of the actions in these sentences? Is it important to know? What is important in the sentences? and elicit the Ss answers.

Clarify language (form) (4-5 minutes) • to provide clarification of the form of the TL

After eliciting meaning from the Ss, I will underline the aux. verbs and past participle forms and elicit the form from the Ss. Then I will ask them how can we convert these sentences into the negative and elicit answers. Then I will ask them how can we make questions from these sentences? Ss answer and I will complete the forms.

Clarify language (pronunciation) (2-3 minutes) • To provide clarification of the pronunciation of the TL

I will model and drill the pronunciation of the of the different types of forms; the statement, the negative and the question. Then I will highlight the stress.

Practice (10-16 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for Ls to use the TL.

Ss will have two controlled practice exercises. The first one correct the mistake in the sentences and the second one rewrite the sentences into the passive form. Ss will answer each exercise individually, followed by pair check and the answer keys. If I got enough time, Ss will have a questionnaire of 4 questions. Ss should work in pairs asking each other these questions and answer using the TL. I will monitor well and take feedback.

Feedback (2-3 minutes) • To praise good use of TL. To correct errors in the TL.

I will thank and praise the Ss for the good work and I will correct their mistakes in the practice through peer correction.

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