Farah Farah

Practice of reading for gist and specific information
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practise reading for gist and specific information while referring to talented teenagers


Abc Book
Abc Answer keys
Abc Hand-outs ( New Headway elementary SB)
Abc Projector
Abc music
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Word cards

Main Aims

  • To practise reading for gist in the context of talented teenagers.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of some vocabulary
  • To practise controlled speaking.


Lead-in (2-5 minutes) • To set the context

Demonstrate the following words: Reading / singing / playing the piano

Pre-teach (5-7 minutes) • To pre-teach the vocabulary

Pre-teach the following words: -Worried / [wʌrid] (adj): demonstrate. -Talented /tæləntɪd/ ( adj) - Teenager /tiːneɪdʒər/ (n) Ask students about the boy in the picture: He has a very good voice, so he is ... is he a child or and adult ? - musical note: /ə mjuzɪkəl nəʊt/ (n) - Soul music: /səʊl mjuːzɪk/ (n) - countryside: /kʌntrɪˌsaɪd/ (n) Ask students about other countrysides in Tunisia. - bestseller: /bɛst sɛlə/ (n) Can you think o other bestsellers ?

Reading for gist (7-10 minutes) • To prepare for the controlled practice

Demonstrate the task very carefully. Divide them into 2 groups: each group reads a text. They check they check their answers.

Detailed task (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Demonstrate the activity very carefully. Students of the same groups, A and B ask each other questions from exercise 3.

Controlled practice (3-5 minutes)

Demonstrate the activity very carefully. Pair the students: A/B and they tell each other about the characters of the texts. Provide answer keys.

Controlled speaking (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Demonstrate the task carefully. Students work in open groups then in pairs.

Flexi-stage (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Demonstrate the activity. Give the students woRd cards where there are activities mentioned ( sing, play rugby, dance,...) In each group, one of the students takes a word card and asks his partner if he/she can do it or not, then they stand up, move around the room and ask each other.

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