TP1 - Reading Plan
Upper Intermediate level
To provide students with practice in reading for gist and details in the context of gender differences in communication.
To provide students with practice in speaking for fluency.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Link your lesson to the previous one and provide more sentences like the ones in 7a for students to share their opinions on.
Show the pictures of books written about gender differences in communication, 'You Just Don't Understand' by Deborah Tannen and 'Men are from Mars and Women' by John Gray are from Venus' to connect the topic more closely to your reading text and generate interest. Use the picture of 'You Just Don't Understand' by Deborah Tannen to introduce the author and the book whose extracts are provided for the students to read.
Give students limited time to quickly read the two extracts and check the author’s ideas about the issues discussed during lead-in. Give pairs time to compare ideas before plenary feedback.
Use the task in ex. 8a and 8b for intensive reading and set a longer time limit. Monitor and help with vocabulary if needed. Give pairs time to compare answers. During plenary feedback, ask students to refer back to the section that helped them find the answer to check comprehension further.
Use the speaking task in ex. 11a and 11b. You can ask pairs to write two pieces of advice, then come together with small groups to choose the best advice. Then, they can read each other’s advice and evaluate the ideas. Monitor closely during the discussions and make notes of common errors. Start plenary feedback eliciting ideas depending on how you set the task and finish off with some error correction.