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The World's Worst Inventions
B2 level


In this lesson, SS read an article about the inventions which are considered to have negative effects on human lives globally.


Abc The World's Worst Inventions - text
Abc True or False Ex.

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about inventions in the context of human self-destruction

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of inventions that destroy our lives and the world.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T asks SS to name the most important, the most beneficial inventions in the world history. S: ... T: Well, it was easy. But what about the worst inventions ever?

Pre-Reading Discussion (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text

A. SS work in pairs. T gives them the picture of a pedestal and asks them to nominate and place on the pedestal 3 inventions they think are the worst inventions ever. SS should be ready to explain their choices. (3-4 m) B. Pairs of SS introduce their pedestals to the group explaining their reasons for nominating the inventions chosen. (5-6)

While-Reading (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with gist

SS read the article quickly to find out if any of their ideas are mentioned in the results of the BBC poll and if their reasons are the same or not. PW discussion. WCF

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading

SS read the text again while trying to decide if the statements given are true or false according to the article. PW: SS check their answers. WCF: T provides the answers on the board forgetting to tell them that a couple of answers are incorrect. Quick discussion to see if SS agree or disagree with the answers on the board.

Post-Reading/Listening (6-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text

T: Do you agree with the list of inventions in the article? What would you change? SS: ... T: If you were to decide, which works of human mind would you ban? Would it be easy for the world to live without them? What changes would that cause? SS: ...

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