Charlene Charlene

TP 7: Reading about Elon Musk
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read about Elon Musk and his successes. It will be followed up with a speaking activity discussing one of Elon Musk's famous ideas.


Abc SB: Headway
Abc Zoom White Board

Main Aims

  • Students will practice reading for gist and specific details in the context of Elon Musk's successes.

Subsidiary Aims

  • The students will become familiar with the lexis found in the reading and comprehend the text in the context of Elon Musk's life successes.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-Ss watch video of an ad from the Boring Company (created by Elon Musk). -Ss discuss what they saw in the video and if it is even possible.

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

-Pre-teach vocabulary that will help them understand the text and answer the questions. -T elicits what's happening in each picture. -Ss respond. -T says word and asks CCQs. -Ss respond. -T drills pronunciation. -Ss repeat. -T reveals written form and part of speech. -T elicits information from Ss and shows photos of Elon Musk and photos of his interests. -Questions: Who is this? Have you heard of him before? What is he known for? -Ss respond. -T gives instructions for gist task.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

-Ss quickly skim the text. -In pairs, Ss discuss what his character is like based on the text. -Ss join back with the whole group and some explain what they learned. -T gives instructions for next task and models an example.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

-Ss work in pairs again and reread the text for details. -Ss complete the gap-fill and answer the 8 questions. -Ss come back to main room and T shows AK. -T reviews difficult answers and allows Ss to ask any questions they may have.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

-T demonstrates how to do final task. -T asks what pros and cons are and elicits examples from the text. -Ss work in small groups brainstorming pros and cons of the Boring Company coming to their large city. -Ss come back to the main room and present their ideas to the class.

Feedback and Error Correction (5 minutes) • Students correct their own errors

-Teacher displays 2 sentences on the WB with errors and 1 without. -Ss find the errors and correct the errors themselves verbally.

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