Intermediate or upper-intermediate level
To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about being an expatriate in different countries.
To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of living abroad.
Procedure (46-58 minutes)
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?
Group Ss in 4s. Give each group HO 1 and ask them to discuss the questions.
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?
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.
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.
Ask Ss the following questions: Which of the countries in the text are the best ones for you? why?