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Should I let my child take more risks?
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Sts are going to read an article from the Guardian entitled " Should I let my child take more risks?" By Dr. Luisa Dillner telling the reader about her investigation into research and a position statement she came across


Abc a copy from the the Guardian Article- Handouts for the tasks - Dictionaries

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, Sts will be able to: 1-skim and scan the article to form an overall image about the topic 2- respond to the topic in a productive writing task

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide the skills of using expressions of giving opinion, agreeing and disagreeing in academic writing.


Lead In (3-5 minutes) • To engage the Sts and generate their interests in the topic of the lesson

Give Sts enough time to look at the picture and discuss with them: What can you see in the picture? Is the boy happy or not? Why? Is this a risky play? Why? Why not? Do you like risky play?

Pre-Reading - Task (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible by giving them a pre-teaching vocabulary task

Give the class the pre-teaching vocabulary handout. Ask Sts. to complete the sentences with the suitable word from the list. Tell them to use their hard and soft resources to look up any challenging vocabulary.

Gist Task (3-5 minutes) • To skim the text and answer gist questions

Write on the board : 1-Who is the writer of this article? 2-Where was it taken 3-Is the picture relevant to the topic? Check orally by asking Sts individually. Only one respond to the first two questions is sufficient. Receive more than one answers to question three

While-Reading Scanning Task (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

-I distribute the handout for this task -I ask my Sts to read the article and then they answer three specific questions. one for the synonym of kidnapping. The second one is factual, and the last one is T/ F questions. Check orally.

While-Reading Detailed Questions (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

In this task, Sts are going to have another handout to answer two detailed questions. They will elicit and deduce the information from the text.

Post-Reading Writing Productive Task (12-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Class can be divided into two teams one team agrees with Mark Tremblay the other disagree Each group has only one paper and one pen. They are going to write with consensus. Each member is going to write a sentence in his or her turn. When they finish, ask each group to broadcast their production. Give enough feedback after finishing the task for using grammar, spelling, using functional words to express opinion and arrange ideas with evidence

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