Ariel R. De Castro Ariel R. De Castro

Ariel R. De Castro TP2b 2 June 2014
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss will practice reading, vocabulary and speaking based on a text about the human brain. They will discuss the differences of male and female brains and how these may or may not affect functionality. Ss will elicit vocabulary and meaning through context and graphic images. An activity involving true or false statements will be followed by the reading of the text. There will be a debate about the ideas introduced by the text and exercises on those ideas. Last stage of the lesson will focus on understanding from context and students will practice conversation in small groups by answering questions related to the text.


Main Aims

  • To provide deduction reading practice using a text about the human brain in the context of gender

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary and Speaking


Lead In (10-12 minutes) • To introduce the theme of gender brain differences and related vocab.

Art clips of men and women doing different activities will be put on the w/b and ss will be asked their opinion about what gender can do better than the other on each of those activities. I will elicit some words by using pictures and definitions, perhaps giving some context. What follows is Ex 1 with a short discussion in pairs (or small groups) in which the ss will choose what category they think men and women fit in better and then all the ideas will be shared w/c.

Reading text and comprehension (17-20 minutes) • Reading practice. Checking if text is completely understood, re-checking vocab.

By pairs, ss will look at strips of paper previously put on the wall and with sentences from ex 2 written on them. Ss will walk around, read the sentences aloud and discuss which statement is true and which one false. After they sit down, I will take some FB about what ss think is true or false, but no definitive or checked answer will be given. Reading time follows (no more than 2 minutes). Then we'll do some FB about the text and if there are any questions about vocab I will deal with them. We will proceed to do ex 3 and ss will read the text again in order to find the answers to the questions. Peer checking of the answers goes afterwards.

Understanding from context / Students speak (12-15 minutes) • To work on the idea of understanding from context and to practice conversation.

A sentence will be written on the w/b and ("Brain cells can only be seen with a microscope") and ss will try to to find out what the word cell means. I'll ask students to explain how they could guess from the sentence. Then ss will work in small groups trying to guess the meanings in ex 4. Then w/c checking of the meanings ss come up with. The last activity of this lesson will be ex 5 -a discussion in small groups and a chat among ss about the interesting things ss found in the text.

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