Arzu Turgut Arzu Turgut

Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students practise reading for gist through a reading text about weddings and do some post-reading activities to extend their reading skills. First, students get engaged in a discussion if marriage is a thing of the past or not. The discussion is followed by pre-teach vocabulary before reading session. Then some controlled-practise activities take place through sentence formulation into text and true&false questions about text. Finally, students discuss a few questions related to text as a post-reading activity.


Abc Exercise 1
Abc Exercise 2
Abc Exercise 4

Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about marriage in the context of changing attitudes towards marriage

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students practise in speaking for fluency.


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To introduce myself and warm-up students by arousing interest about the topic to link to the text easily.

I will introduce myself and try to remember my students names. I will write the sentence ' Marriage is a thing of past' on WB and check the students comprehension on this sentence. I they don' understand, I will show them some pictures and also use my body language to make sure that they understand the concept. Once they understand the concept, I'll get students in pairs to discuss if they agree or disagree and why. After that, I'll get WC FB to hear some of the students ideas.

Reading for gist (7-9 minutes) • To identify the writer's opinion about the sentence previously given.

I will link the lead-in to the text by explaining what the text is about and then get the students to find out if the writer agrees that marriage is a thing of the past. After quick reading for gist individually, I'll get the students to check their answers with their partners and get WC FB.

Pre-teaching of vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To check the understanding of some words before doing the next reading activity.

I will check the understanding of some words e.g. dead\alive, increase\decrease, divorce, agree\disagree, belong. To check their understanding, I'll get students to elicit the words by answering concept questions. How do we call the person who doesn't live now? Who lives in the graveyard? ( elicit dead) What is the antonym of dead? What is NOT dead? What do you say for living or existing things? (elicit-alive) In winter, how is the weather? Is ıt cold or hot? (cold) After the winter, does the temperature go up or get bigger (gesture a rising hand)? (yes) What can you say instead of go up? (elicit-increase) During the summer months, does the rainfall increase? (no) What is the opposite of increase? (gesture a falling hand) (go down) What can we say instead of go down? (elicit-decrease) What do people do when they love and decide to live together offiically? (marry) What happens if they have some problem with their marriage? (they want to stop\ end up their marriage) What do they do when they want to stop their marriage offically? ( elicit-divorce) What can you say when you think your friend is right or you have the same opinion as your friend? (I agree with you) (elicit-agree) Did you have the same opinion with your friend on the previous exercise? (no) what did you say to your friend when you had a different opinion? (I don't agree) What can we say instead of don't agree? (disagree) (elicit-Disagree) (Point any student belongings) Is this yours? (yes) (Point any student belongings) Are you the owner of this? (yes) So you own this, right? What can we say instead of own sth? This......... to me. Can you fill the gap? (elicit- belong)

Gap-fill activity (6-8 minutes) • To review the text and organise the first sentences of each paragraph

I will get sts to read the article again and after reading, I'll want them to put the sentences in the gaps. Before let them start, I'll show them an example with WC so they can understand how to do exercise . Then I will get them to check their answers in pairs before checking WC.

True&False Activity (5-6 minutes) • To extend sts reading and comprehension about the text.

Sts read the the text again and decide if the statements are true or false and then they check their answers in pairs. Then I will get WC FB.

Post-Reading (7-8 minutes) • To reinforce sts comprehension about the topic and text.

I will divide students into four groups and make them discuss the questions in exercise 4. I'll add a few more questions such as' Is divorce increasing in Turkey?' 'Are more people living together before marriage?' 'What are the possible reasons for divorcing?'. Then I'll get some WC FB and a few sts to tell the class what they thought.

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