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My life without money
B2 - Intermediate level


In this lesson. students will read an article about a lady who tries to live life in the most unconventional way -- without money. This reading activity is a based on a passage about Heidemarie Schwermer a 63 year ol German woman. Through the reading passage sts will develop their reading for skimming and scanning skills.


Abc Reading Article
Abc Matching definitions

Main Aims

  • To provide reading for gist and scanning for detailed information

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking with fluency and accuracy


Lead-in/Pre-reading (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students to the topic of the article

Ask students to read part a. The students must read the three sentences then choose which sentence applies to them the best regarding their attitude towards money.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide sts reading for gist, have them practise

Have students read the introduction of the article about Heidemarie for gist to have an idea and her life life style, how she survived without any money. They must then rephrase the introduction and infer as to what the passage will be about under the frame of the questions 'Why do you think she does it?' and 'How do you think she survives?'

While Reading (8-10 minutes) • To skim over the content

Students are given 6-8 minutes to read the passage once again. Once students have read the passage once, they must answer the questions is sub-section c in pairs. Elicit all the answers and have other sts make comments and discuss about Heidemarie' s life style and changes that she made in her life. Check answers and elicit/explain that house-sit (=look after another person's house while they are away, like baby-sit)

Post Reading (11-15 minutes) • To solidify learnt data

Students will complete part d, which provides vocabulary definitions from the passage. Students are expected to read specific parts of the passage once again to confirm the information provided for the vocabulary. Part e shall be completed in pairs to encourage students to think deeply about the passage as well as themselves in context. Students are also encouraged to think of a unique perspective provided by different cultures. Will they attempt to live like Heidemarie in the future? Stress that although the verbs are in different tenses in the article, sts should write them next to the definitions in the infinitive form. Check answers. 2give up 3turn up 4give away 5set up 6 look after In pairs, sts answer the questions then get the feedback opinions from the class as a whole thinks about each question.

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