Özlem GENÇ Özlem GENÇ

Talented People
B1 level


In this lesson, students will read biographical texts about amazingly talented people. The lesson will start with an introduction video in which ss can see one of those talented people and guess about his ability. Than they will make a whole group discussion about their predictions and and check them with a jigsaw reading. As pairs, they will have a different text for each. After that they will do a running dictation and will say and write six questions about both texts. Following with reading for detail information that the students answer the questions. Finally they will swap partners and tell each other about the special person they had read about. At the end of the lesson, if time allows they will share ideas about anyone they know who is very talented.


Abc Speak out Students Book HO (pg. 83,161)

Main Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about The Human Computer and The Human Camera in the context of talented people

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of talented people


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

T introduces the context of talented people by giving them the task 'What special abilities do you think they have?'. SS will watch an extract from a youtube video without the sound. SS will watch about Stephen Wiltshire who is talented about drawing and won't be informed about the details to predict them for themselves.

Pre-Reading/Speaking (5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

SS will use the video to predict what they think 'The Human Camera' and 'The Human Computer' are. SS will discuss their ideas about the speacial abilities of these two people and T will create a mind map on the board and elicit their ideas for the reading for gist part.

While-Reading/Reading for gist (5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

SS will check their predictions about the texts which they will be given seperately to two different groups. T will devide the class into two groups and give each group a different text. Group A will read about 'The Human Camera' and Group B will read about 'The Human Computer'. They will read quickly at a limited time and check their predictions if they were true or not. T will give CCQs here after reading. ( Are your predictions true? How many things could you predict correctly?)

While-Reading/Reading for details (10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Students will have the same questions for each reading, so they will do running dictation for the common questions. T will stuck the questions up on the walls around the classroom. T will put students in pairs and give them the instructions that Student A will be the runner to go read the question and memorise then will come and say it to his/her partner, Student B will be the writer to write the questions his/her partner say, correctly. Then they will swap the roles for each question. SS will do this activity as a competition and first pairs to finish win. The teacher will give some ICQs here. (Are you going to work in pairs? -yes. Are you going to run and read the questions to your partner?-No. Are you going to memorise it and say?-Yes.) T will also demonstrate the activity to make it clear to the ss. T will provide the class with the answer key.

While-Reading/Reading for details (10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

T will arrange ss sit in two groups of 'The Human Camera' and 'The Human Computer'. SS will read the six questions individually and answer them. T will monitor to check they are on track. After that, students will do peer check and discuss their answers. T will provide each group with answers.

Post-Reading/ Speaking (10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned. To speak in the context as a productive skill.

SS will be re-grouped and have an opportunity to tell their new partners about the talented person they read about. SS will use the questions to make it as a dialogue. Whole group FB will be done. T will ask the students who learnt about the other talented person from their partners will explain what they learnt to the WC. T will monitor and take notes of the errors and will make delayed error correction at the end.

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