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Reading for gist, specific information and detail, reviewing/practicing verb-noun collocations to talk about weekend activities, practice in speaking for fluency
Intermediate, B1+ level


In this lesson, students will talk about being happy and read a text about the reasons of happiness. Students will do some pre-vocabulary work before they read. Then students will do the tasks firstly to find the gist and to check their understanding with a detailed task. Then they will practice their speaking skill. Then students will review/practice some vocabulary on weekend activities and practice those collocations through a speaking task.


Abc Projector
Abc Board
Abc Redston, C. & Cunningham, G. (2013) face2face Intermediate Student’s Book 2nd Edition, Cambridge
Abc Pictures
Abc Slips of paper

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in reading for gist, specific information and detail in the context of happiness

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss with review/practice of verb-noun collocations to talk about weekend activities
  • To provide Ss with practice in speaking for fluency


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

T-ask Ss if they are happy now and why. Then T give a quiz (HO1) and ask them do the quiz individually and discuss the statements with their pairs . Then T project the quiz score and show them how they can calculate and what they mean. T- ask "Do you agree about what the score says about you? T- ask Ss discuss " What makes people happy?" and list some reasons for it.

Pre-Reading (8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T project some words from the text and ask Ss to discuss with their pairs if they know the meanings of those words and learn from them if they know. Then T- show some slides with pictures, definition and an example sentence to explain the words on each one. T model some of the words, drill them and show the stress. T focus Ss on the title of the text and get them in gw to discuss ideas about what it might be about.

While-Reading #1 (5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

T- ask Ss to read the beginning of the article and check their predictions from the first stage and find out how scientists made their top ten lists. And get them to peer-check, then take whole-class FB.

While-Reading #2 (10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

T- give Ss slips of paper(ten reasons for happiness written on them) and ask them work in groups of 3 and put them in order from 1-10(1=the most important). Ss read the text individually. Then again with their group Ss check and discuss if their ideas are the same with the text and find out reasons. Then T get whole class feedback

Post-Reading (6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss work in different groups and discuss some opinion questions. As a feedback, T- ask for the intersting ideas.

Pre-listening (11 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T- ask SS their dream weekend activities and elicit some answers from them and write them on the board. Then T- ,get Ss in small groups to match the words with their collocations (they are most probably familiar with most of the words here) and after they finish T-project the answer key. T-carify the meaning of some words which Ss might not know and model and drill the pronunciation of those words and show the main stress. Then T- elicit & drill a couple of questions from ex 1b to get Ss started, then Ss work in their groups to ask and answer the questions. T-take some general FB.

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