News Stories Reading
To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about stories in the context of news.
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of media.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
To get the students' attention to the topic, the teacher writes a question on the board "What do you do to get the news?" and elicits answers by getting the students on the board and write how they access the news.
Then she hands out a handout with questions on it. The students go around the class, ask and answer the questions to make a class survey. (See: App.1) The teacher hands out a material for preteaching the unknown vocabulary. The students match the words with their definitions. The words are; furious, sue, refund, apology, effective, capture, consecutive, applaud, audience. (See: App.2)
The students read the headlines in exercise 2. In pairs they discuss what the the articles are about, then they read the articles quickly and match the articles with the headlines.
The students read for details and find answers to complete the article summaries. Then they find words in the articles to match the meanings. To check their understanding of these words in context, the teacher also asks CCQs like; Do we clap our hands only to show we enjoyed something? Do we call people at a soccer game "audience"? Later the teacher hands out some comprehension questions, they answer and check their answers in pairs. (See: App 3.)
The students pick three questions about the media from exercise 6a and they discuss in pairs.