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Thomas Dignum
B2 level


In this lesson the main of the lesson focuses on vocabulary with the sub aim of learning vocabulary through reading. The context is linked to football and football rituals.


Abc Poster/picture

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Ritual lexis in the context of Football

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed, scan and gist reading from excerpts of a book by Nick Hornby.


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

1. Morning and a re-introduction 2. Use a football poster and put it in the middle of the whiteboard to brainstorm around. Elicit answers while they are brainstorming aiming towards the elicitation of 'Ritual'. (The lead in is only a short time so write the ideas on the board yourself.)

Pre-Reading and vocabulary. (15-20 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

1. Give students the meaning of 'Ritual' in a handout for a better understanding. 2. Ask them to say what the connection is between football and ritual. Use the cline to explain obsessed. Ask the students if they are obsessed about anything? What and why? 3. Then ask them what type of rituals footballers/supporters do before a game or during a game. What type of rituals may you have for a sport? 4. Chest read the handout in which is blown up for them to read a little easier. Explain that the words need to be placed in the correct sentences. Then ICQ. If there are students highly unknowledgable about football then pair them up with another person otherwise they are to work on their own. 5. Let the students answer the questions by asking people individually. 6. Ask the students if they know anyone who is football mad/crazy. Ask them what type of ritualistic behaviours you may have seen. If the person they are talking about is in the class and is not embarrassed then encourage the person to talk about it too.

Reading Exercise (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

1. Ask everyone to close their books and place away any other materials before asking if anyone of them have seen the film or read the book, fever pitch. 2. Present and chest read the title or first sentence of the reading text. Try to elicit and ask what they think the article is about purely by reading the first sentence or title. 3. Then offer them the last sentence and elicit further the topic of the text. 4. Give them the whole text individually and as them to read it to understand the topic but also to understand details they didn't think of. 5. Allow them to independently read the text and decide. Allow them 10 minutes to do this.

Post Reading Discussion. (5-8 minutes) • To discuss and analyse the written text in with further discussion to ritual in a personal sense/experience.

1. Once you have given them enough time or you can identify that the majority have finished and are at a loose end then take back the attention of the class. 2. Ask them to identify the meaning/gist of the article. Elicit if they have ever done something similar to this or had a group of friend where they all entered in to and practiced a ritual together. CCQ

Feedback and Error Correction (2-4 minutes) • To ensure the students have understood and to correct any errors made.

1. Thank the students for their participation and complete with some CCQ's 2. Ask if there is anything that they did not understand and if they want any clarification.

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