Too Much Information
Intermediate (B1) level
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about 'information overload'
To provide practice of lexis related to electronic devices and information technology
Procedure (31-42 minutes)
1: Ss see SLIDE 1 of various tech devices with the key phrase: 'too much info' 2: T asks: 'When you see the phrase 'too much info', what are you reminded of 'in your personal life'?' 3: Ss speak in pairs/groups of 3 for a min or 2. 4: T takes W/C FB.
PART A: Context-setting 1: Show SLIDE 2 on OHP 2: Ss see TITLE & 1ST PARAGRAPH of the passage 3: Ss Google the words 'information overload' on their devices & share their answers in pairs 4: T takes W/C FB on their findings (Imp CCQ: 'Is info overload' a positive or negative concept? How do you know?)' Show SLIDE 3 if need be -- ELICIT/Get Ss to NOTICE the last sentences in the 1st par. PART B: Pre-teaching essential lexis 1: Give instructions for the vocab gap-fill activity on SLIDE 4; distribute HO1 2: Show SLIDE 4 on board; ask early finishers to come & write the answers 3: Check the answers and confirm using elicitation/CCQs
1: Show SLIDE 5 2: Ask ss to SKIM the article in 2MIN to answer the GIST question: "Does this article discuss the positive or negative aspects of information technology?" "Does the article provide a solution to the information overload?" 3: Ss share their answers in pairs/groups of 3 4: T takes W/C FB (elicit the WHY/WHERE to the answers ss provide)
1: Show SLIDE 6 2: Instruct Ss to read the passage in more detail and answer the detail questions 3: Get early finishers to come to the board and mark the answers 4: Discuss the answers W/C & finalize, asking the 'WHY' question
1: Show Slide 7: get the ss to note that there are 'several areas' and they'll be discussing both the positive and the negative effects 2: Get the ss to notice the 'areas of life' around the classroom 3: Put Ss in groups of 3 and assign them one of the photos on the wall; they discuss their Own Personal Experiences for 1 MINUTE before moving on to the NEXT picture 4: Time permitting, elicit some ideas before the end of the session