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Teaching Practice 3
Intermediate level


The lesson starts with a lead-in with using some paintings by Van Gogh to get students talking.


Abc New Headway Intermediate Student's Book 4th Edition

Main Aims

  • To provide students with practice in reading for gist and details in the context of Vincent Van Gogh's life.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with practice in speaking for fluency by answering questions about Van Gogh's life.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Sts talk about what they know about Van Gogh whether he was happy about his life or not as a whole class.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text by showing them paintings which reflect world from Van Gogh's eyes and making questions which they will answer in the next part

-Put Van Gogh's paintings around the classroom and tell students to imagine themselves in an art gallery. Tell them to watch the paintings and talk about what they think of them. Don't make them pairs or groups, let them move around freely. - Sts do ex.2 , read the notes and and complete questions in pairs. But do a demonstration first as it is hard to understand at first glance.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with the gist of the Van Gogh text

-Create A, B and C groups. Tell sts that they are going to read one part of the text, but some vocabulary are "nonsense". They are going to read it, find the nonsense words and change them with the appropriate one from the box with their group. -After they finish, make a new group from each group. Sts tell the others information written on their papers.

While-Reading 2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading tasks

- After sts talk about their parts of the text, use elicitation and CCQs to help students grasp the meaning of to dismiss, to commit suicide, asylum, to bury - Tell them to read the whole text and ask & answer the questions in ex.2. (If you're short of time, answer only the first 5 questions). Then use group check.

Post-Reading (8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity for speaking and expand on what they've learned about Van Gogh's life as a production activity

Tell sts to talk about what they feel about Van Gogh's life with the question "Do you think he had a nice life? Why? Why not?"

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