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Africa Mercy Ships
IGCSE English as a First Language level


In this lesson, students are going through guided discovery based on a text reading on Africa Mercy which is a philanthropic ship providing medical support to Africans in Seara Leone.


Abc IGCSE English as a First Language

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a 150 word summary in the context of a descriptive summary
  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about Philanthropic Healthcare services in the context of Africa Mercy Ships

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide inference listening practice using a video about The mission of Mercy Ships in the context of Healthcare in Africa.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students will watch a 4-minute video about the mission statement of Africa Mercy ships. The video is issued from the organization's website. Link:

Pre-Reading - Pre-Teach Vocabulary (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

In order to expose the students to challenging vocabulary in the text, the teacher has to pre-teach words that might be difficult to understand for students. Vocabulary is explained through a simple word matching exercise. Words: 1.Frolic 2.Ply 3.Annals 4.Poignant 5.Squalid 6.Ravaged 7.Mutilated 8.Virulent 9.Afflicted 10.Emulate 11.Creak 12.Plunge 13.Gleam _____________________________________________________________________ As a backup plan, print the word list on scraps of paper for each group. Tell ss to assemble the words and ask them to do a roundup tour for peer feedback.

Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

- Ask students to associate numbers in the text with their meaning. - Write the numbers on the slide. - Tell ss to associate the numbers with their value with evidence from the text. - Ask ss to read the text carefully and answer the following questions: * Who lives on the Africa Mercy Ship? * What are they doing there? * Did they face any difficulties on board?

While-Reading #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

- Ask ss to read the text and guess the meaning of the words underlined in the text and explain them using their own words. - Show the answer key on the PP and ask them to check their answers - Tell them to use each word in a sentence Words: * A testament to * A legend among * An inspirational Hub * To go on the offensive * To live in a bubble

Post-Reading: Post scaffolding (The Writing Task) (10-11 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned by writing a summary to the ideas their brainstormed from the text.

Tell ss to use the information at hand to write a summary starting with this sentence: The Africa Mercy Ship project is ... (word count 150)

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