Ali Ali

Memories on Trial
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson students learn crime vocabulary and how to use its different forms and collocations. They read a related text to see some of the words in the context and the text is later used to highlight some verb patterns.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about witness testimony in the context of a magazine article

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of crime words in the context of newspaper extracts


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

Students talk about the last time they have been in trouble

Lead in (2-5 minutes) • To introduce the topic

students have a short discussion about major crimes in their cities.

Vocabulary activity (10-15 minutes) • To learn new vocabulary

Ss do a multiple choice activity on Kahoot website in which they fill in the gaps with the correct crimes

Dictionary time (5-8 minutes) • To learn different forms of the words and collocations

Students work in pairs and complete a table. the teacher then checks the answers

Group discussion (4-6 minutes) • To activate the words they have just learnt

Students talk about 3 questions and share their own experience.

Pre-Reading (5-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students have a quick discussion about the topic. The teacher may bring up some of the words used in the reading and talk about their meanings.

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

The teacher draws attention to the photos in the text and some titles and quotes. Students guess what they are going to read about.

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

Students read the text and find examples of false memories. Then they read it again and do a true or false task. The teacher may highlight some of the words and phrases in the text and talk about some other aspects of the text.

Post-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss discuss the topic again and share their opinion about what they have read.

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