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Reading - Lottery winners & losers
Intermediate level


This reading exercise follows a Vocabulary section which contains idioms regarding luck, lottery and money. Source of this reading exercise is: Straightforward by Phillip Ceri.


Abc Hand-out

Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about Is it good or bad to play the lottery? in the context of Reading about a jackpot winner

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clear definitions, pronunciations, idioms, etc.


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

Write the topic " Lottery winners and loser" on the board. Tell them we are going to look at the words and phrases here ( in the handout) and discuss in pairs for 2 minutes which words might be found in this reading. CCQs: - Are we going to make sentences with these words? No -Are we going to do this exercise in pairs? Yes -How much time do we have ? 2 minutes Spread the hand-outs. Then ask which words they thought might be found. ( Feedback)

Pre-Reading (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students to gist the text.

Put ss in pairs. Ask them to guess/ share/ check the meanings of the previous handout. Give them 4 minutes to do so. CCQs: Are we going to match these words? No Are we going to talk with our peer? Yes Howe much time do we have? 4 Minutes Then feedback. Answers are: governments, jackpots, millionaires

While-Reading #1 (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

This is a controlled practice: Now, tell the ss that some would say it is good to play the lottery, to try your chances, some people would disagree. Now I will give you two different endings, number 1 and 2. Read the text individually and choose the best ending for it. tell them they have 10 minutes. CCQs: Should you choose what you think or what the text says? What the text says. CCQs: Should we fill in the blanks? No Are we going to talk to each other or be quiet? Be quiet How much time do we have? 10 minutes Give ss the text and two endings to the reading. Give feedback. Answer is ending #2

While-Reading #2 (13-14 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Put ss in new pairs. Now, tell them you will hand the a paper with phrases on it. Each phrase matches with one paragraph. What they will have to do is to put each phrase in the related blank. They will have to read the text again and match. They have 10 minutes. CCQs: Are we going to do this exercise alone? No Are we going to write our own sentences? No Are we going to put the phrases in blanks? Yes Then they will check their answers with the group. Give feedback: 1b, 2d, 3f, 4e, 5c, 6a.

Post-Reading (5-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Put the ss in Gps and tell them to share if they have ever won or lost in a lottery, or if they know anyone who has won a lottery. Give them 5 minutes. CCQs: Are we going to write sth down? No Are we going to talk in pairs? No, groups Ask randomly to share their experience with the class.

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