Reading Newspaper article
Upper Intermediate level
To provide clarification and practice with the vocabulary that is found within the context of a newspaper article and expand their Lexis relating to a ferry disaster. Lexical set.
To familiarise the students with reading press articles, where the language is often more formal. To break down the language through Gist reading, scanning and more detailed reading, so as to make it more accessible.
Procedure (33-46 minutes)
Show students a picture of The Korean Ferry Disaster. Do you know what this is about? Elicit comments
To elicit the vocabulary and definition of key words linked to Part 1 of the article. Civilian/ on board/ casualties/ perish/ following orders/outrage/ resignation. CCQs: Was this a military ship? How many people do you think were on board? Did many people die? (perish) Write down vocab list on WB. Hand out Word Key 1
Exercise 1. Read Part 1 of the article and answer the following questions. Who were most of the victims? Who offered to resign? How many people died or are missing? How did the government respond to the disaster? Why did so many people die? Class feedback
Hand out Exercise 2. Attempt 1. Place these words into the right boxes. ( Known/ maybe/ unknown.) Individual task. Secured, cargo, disaster, trailers, disregard, overloaded, treacherous, capsize, botched rescue, lifeboats, accident, tilting, and coastguard.
Get the students into 2 groups and leave them to discuss the lexis and the potential definitions and move some of their words up a category.
Hand out Exercise 3. a) Find the words on the list from Exercise 2, in the text. ( Part 2 of Article). b) Can you now move some of your words into the other box sections from Exercise 2.
Hand out Word Key 2
Hand out Exercise 4 and get the students ( in Pairs) to answer the questions relating to the text. Check answers WC
Ask students to come up with potential questions for the press conference and write them down. Role play of press conference.Class into 2 groups. A) Ferry company B) Journalist. Get Journalist to ask questions about the disaster and the ferry company to provide answers.