Arzu Turgut Arzu Turgut

The Mind
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will improve their reading skills by reading a text about women and men's brains. Firstly, they will discuss if there are any differences in the ability of men and women. This will be followed by pre-teaching vocabulary before reading the text. Then they will read for specific information to decide if statements are true or not. After that, they will read for detail to find the answers of the questions. Then they will guess the meanings of some vocabulary from the context. Finally, they will discuss some questions related to the context.


Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a text about women&men brains

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate
  • To enable students to learn some new vocabulary


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

-put some pictures of women and men doing different tasks on the board. -ask students what they think about these pictures and men or women are better at these tasks. -get a few students ideas and get them to explain why they think like that.

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-Divide students into groups of three and give students the categories in exercise 1. -get them to discuss about the differences in the ability of men/women in these tasks. -Monitor the students and do whole feedback afterwards.

Pre-Teach Vocabulary (5-6 minutes) • To check the understanding of some vocabulary before reading.

-check the understanding of some words e.g. efficient, absorb, spatial, womb, stereotypical. -give them a definition matching task. - get them to match these words with the correct definitions individually. -get them to compare their answers with their partners. -monitor carefully. -identify the words which most of the student had problem with. - focus on these words with CQs. - model and then drill trickier words chorally and individually. Write these words on boards.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

-Put the students in pairs. -get them to walk around and read the sentences on the wall with their partners. -get them to discuss if they are true or false while reading. -get them to sit down and take some feedback from some students. -tell students they will read the text and find the answers. -give them 2 minutes to read the text. -get them to read the text quickly in 2 minutes. -get them to check their answers with their partners. -give them the answers key and ask if they have any question related to the task.

While-Reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

-Get students to do exercise 3. -ask them to read the text again and find the answers of the questions. -give them the exercise 3 and get them to do individually. -when they finish, get them to compare the answers with their partners.-monitor them -put all answers outside and get students to go out check the answers. -set a timelimit for that, get them check all answers in 3 minutes. -ask them if they any questions or problems with answers, take some feedback.

While-Reading #3 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with specific informaiton reading task and enable them to guess the meaning of vocabulary from the context.

-write the sentence"had been raining hard through the night so the ground was saturated." on the board - ask students what they think 'saturated' mean. -get some ideas and then explain how to guess the meaning of 'saturated' in this sentence. -ask them to think how they can guess the meaning from context. -divide students groups of three. -give them exercise 4 and ask them to guess the meaning of those words from the text. -emphasize that it is not always necessary to be 100 percent correct when guessing, but it is important to understand the general idea. -check the answers of students with whole class.

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

-divide student into two groups -men and women. -get men in women group and women in men group. get them to change their roles. - tell them they will discuss some questions about men/women. -give them the questions and also time to prepare. Get them to speak in a debate between men and women. -take some general feedback.

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