David Taylor David Taylor

Teaching Practice 5
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson students will focus on the topic of women choosing between having a career and being a housewife. A brief discussion of the issue, picture-aided, will lead into a reading exercise, during which students will practice both reading for gist and for reading for detail. Upon completion, students will offer their opinions on the issue in a free-speaking activity, ideally using target language of compound nouns and adjectives.


Abc Reading text and activities HO

Main Aims

  • Students will practice gist and detailed reading

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will practice speaking for fluency


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will introduce themselves as this is their first lesson with this class. T will ask Ss what they did yesterday in previous lessons, both to check memory and to feed in to topic of today's lesson. After eliciting some of the relevant vocabulary, ideally including 'housewife', T will show two pictures on WB, one of a housewife, the other of a businesswoman, on the WB. Ss will describe what they see in the pictures. T will have another housewife image to show if it conveys the female situation more clearly.

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

After seeing the two images, T will get Ss to briefly discuss in pairs/small groups how they consider life to be different for the two kinds of women, then report back to WC with their opinions. T will guide discussion in such a way as to pre-teach or elicit some of the new vocabulary in the reading text, namely compound nouns and adjectives that are related to the issue, e.g. 'time-consuming', 'breakdown', 'part-time', 'full-time', 'drawbacks'. Once a number of compound nouns and adjectives are displayed on the board, T will elicit from Ss their shared features, i.e. they are formed from two separate words.

While-Reading #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist reading task

T will introduce the reading activity and set the task of reading for gist to decide which of three possible titles would be most suitable for the article. Check Ss understand the task and then distribute the HO. Check Ss understand all the possible titles; pre-teach 'desperate to do something' (ready to do anything to change the bad situation you are in). Remind Ss that speed is the aim and that they are not meant to understand every word at this point. Set a time limit of three minutes. Ss can compare answers in pairs/small groups after finishing. FB through asking Ss to raise their hand when T reads out the possible titles if they think one is correct. If there is disagreement, ask Ss to explain why they think one is correct over another

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed reading task

T will set the task of reading the article again to determine whether six sentences related to its content are true or false. Insist that Ss must also be able to explain their reasoning behind their answer, rather than merely give it. Give Ss more time to complete this task, 6-7 mins. They will work individually and then can compare answers in pairs/groups again before WC FB

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide Ss with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Put Ss into new pairs and ask them to design a questionnaire related to the topic. They will put their questions to Ss in different pairs/groups and note the responses. Encourage Ss to make questions (at least 3) related to their own experiences and give several suggestions, e.g. 'Are most of the women you know housewives or do they go out to work?', 'Do you think housewives or businesswomen are happier?', but recommend that they be creative. Some of the findings can be reported back to WC during FB. If time, do some WC error correction relating to pronunciation, use of TL. If time for Flexi-stage, get Ss to discuss what is essential for a healthy lifestyle and what things are unhealthy for us.

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