Ana Cláudia Cardoso Ana Cláudia Cardoso

Copy of Reading, The science of happiness
Pre-intermediate, A2 level


In this lesson, students will be practising reading and speaking skills through studying a text about the science of happiness. The lesson starts with discussion about what makes people happy. Then students will be scanning and skimming the text for the activities in the coursebook during the lesson. Meanwhile, students will be learning new vocabulary in the text and some new metaphors to express feelings of sad and happy.


Abc Sign cards
Abc Reading text
Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Matching worksheet
Abc Worksheet
Abc Sign cards

Main Aims

  • To provide students practice in reading for gist and details in the context of the science of happiness

Subsidiary Aims

  • To teach some vocabulary in science and metaphors for happy and practise them in speaking


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Stick a big smiley face on the board. Elicit some ideas about what makes me happy. Then I stick five sentences which make me happy in fact.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide students speaking activity about the subject

Students write down five things that make them happy. Then they work in pairs and discuss the questions on the board.

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I teach some vocabulary before reading and prepare students for the text. Students are given a worksheet. They do a matching exercise individually to test their knowledge. Students match the words with their definitions. To check the answers, they work in pairs. Then, study MFP.

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Students will be reading the text for a gist task. Individually, they'll read the text in 1 or 2 minutes, and put the headings in the correct place. Then students will check each other's answers. Feedback as a WC. If needed, practise pronunciation for the headings.

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Students read the text again. Then they'll complete the questions in the course book in pairs by discussing the reasons. Students write the answers on the board to check them.

Post-Reading #1 (5-8 minutes) • To teach some metaphors about feelings to use them in the following speaking activity

Students see six sentences on a worksheet. In pairs, they discuss the meaning of them. They put a smiley face if the sentence has a happy meaning and put a sad face if it has a sad meaning. Then the teacher asks for the words which give the sentences positive or negative menings. The teacher elicits the answers and write them on the WB.

Post-Reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students work in pairs for a speaking activity. The teacher asks if they agree with the text or not. Then, students will be talking about the things they feel happy and sad by using the metaphors they have just learned. Show a demo for the activity eg. When I passed the exam, I was on the top of the world.

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