Emelie Emelie

TP 7 Quiz shows - a reading lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson, the students will practice reading for gist and scanning for details in the context of Quiz Shows on Television. First the students will discuss and read two short texts about Who Wants to Be a Milionaire and Mastermind. Then they will read a longer text about Pat Gibson, a man who won both these quizzes. Finally the students will use the new vocabulary to talk about a quiz show in Turkey.


Abc # 3 Handout B
Abc # 2 Handout A
Abc # 4 Vocabulary list

Main Aims

  • Reading - To provide practice reading for gist and scanning for information in the context of Quiz Shows.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary - To provide practice using vocabulary related to the context of quiz shows.


Lead-in - Quiz show trailer (4 minutes) • To set lesson context and activate students' schemata.

Show trailer of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (1min). Ask Ss: 1. Which Quiz show is this? 2. Do you have it in Turkey? How does it work?

Pre-Reading: Teach blocking vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible.

Project picture of the studio in WWBM. Elicit the words contestant, audience, maximum prize, multiple choice question and host by asking Ss to place the words at the right place in the picture. CCQ, drill pronunciation and elicit stress.

While-Reading #1a (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging reading for gist task, and to personalize the topic.

Tell Ss to read the two short texts on their own during one minute and then discuss in pairs: Would you like to be a contestant in one of these quiz shows? Which one? Why? ICQ: Are you reading alone? (Yes) Are you reading fast? (yes) Are you discussing alone? (No, in pairs)

While-Reading #1b - Guess the meaning of the words (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging inference reading tasks and teach further vocabulary.

Give instruction Instruction: Unfold the HO. Read the text again. Find the bold words in the text. Complete the sentences by drawing a line between the beginning and the right end. Work alone. ICQs: Are you writing anything? (No, drawing a line) Pair check by reading out the beginning and end of the sentence in pairs. CCQs (give further explanation), drill pronunciation and elicit stress on board.

While - reading #2a Pat Gibson (4-6 minutes) • Predict the next text and practice reading for gist.

Show Ss picture of Pat Gibson. Tell Ss: This is Pat Gibson: How do you think he feels? (possible answers: happy, glad..) Why is he happy/glad...? (possible answer: he won a quiz show:) Which quiz show do you think he won? Show the title. 'Why is he the best contestant in the country?' Ss get 1 min to read the text and answer the question in the title: Discuss in pairs before quick feedback in WC.

While - reading #2c Find the number (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging scanning for details -task.

Divide Ss into A and B. The students try to find the numbers of ether A or B in the text and find out what they mean. ICQ: Are you finding every number? (No, just your group, A or B) S from A pairs with S from B group and tells each other the meaning of the numbers and shows it in the text. Feedback WC, pick up difficulties from monitoring.

While-Reading #2c (3-5 minutes) • To practice reading for information.

Ss work in pairs and answer if the statements are true or false. Show answer key on board. Ask if students have other questions about other vocabulary. (possibly beat, obsessed, trivia, lecture, final)

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned.

Ss are given a HO with words on the topic of quiz shows (Audience,Contestant,Host,Multiple choice questions,General knowledge questions,Maximum prize,Specialist subject). Instruction: Use the words to tell a fellow student about a quiz show on TV in your country. ICQ: What are you talking about? (A quiz show) What words will you use? (The words given). Monitor and give Feedback in whole class.

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