Nader Mostafa Nader Mostafa

Reading for gist and for specific information
intermediate level




Abc hand-outs

Main Aims

  • To practice reading for gist and reading for specific information in the context of children's health and well-being

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking and writing in the context of children's health and well -being .


Pre-reading (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students.To make the text accessible by pre-teaching some vocabulary.

1-The teacher directs ss' attention to the picture on the text : He asks some questions to open a discussion. 'What is the child doing? Is he doing a dangerous thing? Should his parents be worried about that? If you have children ,would you let them do such things ? Ss give their ideas. 2-Give a handout .Tell ss they are going to match the following words with their definitions (in pairs). 1- self-esteem a-the ability to be happy again after something difficult or bad happened. 2-adolescent b - belief and confidence in your ability and value. 3-sedentary c- involving little exercise or physical ability. 4-obesity. d - a young person who is going to be an adult. 5-reselience e- the fact of being extremely fat. Ss can use their dictionaries. Give an answer key . 1-b. 2-d.3-c 4-e 5-a Give more explanation of words if needed .Drill the words .

Reading for gist. (3-4 minutes) • To get ss to know the main idea of the text.

Ask ss to skim the whole text quickly in 90 seconds to answer the following questions : 1-Where is the text taken from? from a magazine? from a newspaper? 2-What is the text about?

Reading for specific information: (14-16 minutes) • To get ss to extract specific information from the text.

Give a handout including 5 questions on the text . Tell them they are going to read the questions in 30 seconds .Then tell them to find out the answers from the text .You can do question one with them and let them do the others in pairs . Give 5 mins for the task. 1-What activities can help children build up their self- esteem? 2-What kind of life-style do obesity and diseases come from? 3-What percentage is the number of children who went to school alone from 1970 to 1980? 4-What are the findings of the Canadian study about risky play? 5-What does Mark Tremblay think of playing dangerously at home? Monitor the whole class and check if ss need help. Give an answer key.

Controlled practice. (6-8 minutes) • To provide ss with an opportunity to respond to the text personally and expand on what they've learned.

Give handouts including 3 statements for discussion : 1-I agree that risky play is important for children. 2-I don't think risky play is important for children. 3- I think children mustn't be allowed to do any kind of play any time. Divide ss into groups .Tell them that each group will discuss the three statements and give their reasons in 5 minutes.Monitor the whole class .Give cues and prompts to help .Delay any correction .

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