Jessica Stockwell Jessica Stockwell

Reading on Topic: Family
Upper Intermediate level


This session starts with learning about adjectives of emotion and feelings in the context of a student centered discussion about families and family relationships. A supporting target language adjectives and corresponding prepositions practice helps students speak about their families and use verbal expressions. Two supporting activities are to speak from photos and skim read 3 short articles by young adults about their parents. Students end with a personal story about an embarrassing family scenario.


Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using 3 short personal essays on the topic of family and family relationships. Target language adjectives of emotions and feelings are used in the context of Family.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students practice speaking about past experiences in the context of relationships with their parents


Warmer/Lead-in - Conversation about Family (10-12 minutes) • To set lesson context and start casual conversation

1. Teacher introduces topic and her/his family by writing family member names on the WB. 2. T invites Ststo ask questions about her family and gives an example questions or two. "How old is your brother xxx? What is your father's name? 3. PW with students creating list of family names and discussion relationships.

Pre reading activity (3-5 minutes) • To introduce adjectives of emotions and feelings and corresponding prepositions

1. Bring out HO and show FAMILY lesson pages 14 & 15. 2. Follow Reading 1 activity a) b) c) 3. C - Pair with Partner - HO slips with adjectives (no prepositions) and one speaks about a time when he/she had that feeling about one of his/her parents.

Reading Scan (3-5 minutes) • To introduce 3 teenagers and their feelings about a parent.

1. HO page 15. 2. Introduce the 3 teenagers by holding the paper in front and pointing to each teenager by name (put a copy facing students and one facing teacher so that you can read out loud with 'attitude' and or emotional expression the short blurbs/bios. 3. Instruct students to read short story about parents. 4. Instruct students to then think about which teenager he/she would LEAST like to be. (follow Reading 2)

Test Memory Activity (5-10 minutes) • To have students distinquish between parent traits and personality

1. Students to form 3 groups 2. Stand up with page 14 in hand, turn over page 15 (hide from easy sight) 3. One person in each group reads aloud 3 sentences and all guess which teenager the sentences are referring to.

Reviewing Sentence Structure (5-10 minutes) • To have students look at incomplete sentences and correct

1. Students can look at pg 15 and review text. 2. Students work individually on No. 4 before checking answers with the class.

Vocabulary of Emotions Wrap Up (3-5 minutes) • To practice expressions of feelings about family or emotional moments.

1. Pair with partner to discuss understanding of being embarrassed and understanding the expression "she wanted the ground to open up and swallow her" 2. Monitor pairs and assist with expression, comfort level with sharing something embarrassing or offer another adjective to talk about, for example, What are you most proud of about your mother? Father? Brother? Sister?

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