Amin Yaghmouri Amin Yaghmouri

Reading Activity
Intermediate or upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read an authentic text by Max Fisher from Washington Post about expats' lives in different countries. This task will include scanning, skimming, reading, and discussion. The text provides real data about the best and worst countries to be an expatriate.


Abc Handout 1
Abc Handout 2
Abc Handout 3
Abc Handout 4

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about being an expatriate in different countries.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of living abroad.


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

Ask the following questions from the class: Have you ever lived or worked abroad? Has anyone you know ever lived or worked abroad? How was the experience? Was s/he happy living there? why?

Pre-reading Activity 2 (5-7 minutes) • To discuss the context before reading

Group Ss in 4s. Give each group HO 1 and ask them to discuss the questions.

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Gist-reading Read the title of the text. Elicit what they are going to read about. Give Handout 2 (Text). Ask Ss to read the first sentence of each paragraph. Tell Ss that writers usually put their main points in the first sentence of each paragraph, i.e., topic sentence. Give them 2 minutes to read the topic sentences. Feedback: Ask what the text is about. Scanning: Ask students the following questions. How many countries are analyzed in this survey? Which countries are mentioned in the text? What are the best ones? What are the worst ones?

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Give Ss HO3 and ask them to read the text and group the countries of the text into the given categories. 1. Good for living 2. Good for working 3. Good for Child rearing Give 10 mins to read.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Give HO 4 and ask Ss to read the text again and answer the questions. Pair Ss and ask them to check their answers. Feedback: Check the answer with the class.

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

Ask Ss the following questions: Which of the countries in the text are the best ones for you? why?

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