Level 1 level
To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about Forming friendships , Do friends use small talk? in the context of People (friends)
To provide clarification and practice of Friendship in the context of Friends
Procedure (70-90 minutes)
The teacher puts the students in pairs and asks them to discuss the following questions: 1- Who is your best friend? 2- How long have you known each other? 3- Why is he/she your best friend? While the students perform the activity, the teacher monitors them and listens closely to their ideas. The teacher might help the students and provide them with some vocabulary.
The teacher tells the students that they are going to read a text about friends/friendship, but before they start reading it, there are some vocabulary that they need to know to be able to understand the text. The teacher divides the students into two groups and tells them that he/she is going to tell them the meanings of some vocabulary in the text and they should pinpoint the word. The fastest group gets a point. The teacher starts like this: ''a word in line 3 paragraph 1 means....''. When a students finds the word, the teacher writes it down on board, models and drills it, then asks the students about the part of speech of the word.
The teacher shows the students which text they are going to read, then highlights the first task (skimming for gist). After that, the teacher tells the students to read the text silently and individually and gives them a time limit (2 minutes).After the students finish reading, the teacher puts them in pairs to check the answers with each other.Finally, the teacher gives a whole class feedback.
The teacher tells the students that they are going to read the text one more time, a little more closely (the teacher gives them a sufficient time) to try to find the answers of the following exercise (which is more challenging and includes scanning for details). After the students finish reading, the teacher puts them in groups to discuss their answers. The teacher monitors the students while they are trying to find the answers and offers help if necessary and also takes some notes for the whole class feedback.
The teacher puts the students in groups and asks them to discuss these questions with each other: What is a good friend like? What is a bad friend like? The teacher monitors the students closely while performing the activity and offers help if necessary. After the students finish their discussion, the teacher gives feedback on both the content and the performance of the students.