Elena Elena

Copy of The Invisible Man
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will read an extract from H G Wells' famous novella The Invisible Man. They will practice reading for gist and reading for speacific information skills and they will learn about placeholder names in English. At the end of the lesson students will have a speaking practice and discuss what might have been to the main character in the novel.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using an excerpt from H. G. Wells' novella The Invisible Man in the context of magic and mystery

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of famous novella The Invisible Man
  • To provide clarification for placeholder names


Lead-in (4-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- T asks Ss if they can translate their names into English or not. - Ss try and explain the meaning of their name into English. - T puts some examples of placeholders on the board and focus Ss' attention to the names. - Ss discuss in pairs about these placeholder names and the possible reasons for their usage. - T gets WCFB.

Pre-Reading- Language Focus (8-11 minutes) • To clarify meaning of the placeholder names and prepare Ss for the first reading task

- Ss read the four sentences given by the teacher. T writes these cue words on the WB asking which sentences are talking about them. . winning prizes . working from home . fight . dead body - Ss match them with the sentences 1-4. - Ss reread the sentences and underline the names of people in the sentences. - T asks CCQs and expect answers: . Do these names refer to people or things? [People] . Are these names people's actual names? [No] - Ss suggest reasons why these names are used. - Ss read the explanation and use the example names to complete the gaps in pairs. - T provides an answer key.

While-Reading #1 (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

- T tells Ss that they will read an extract which describes an extremely strange visitor to an inn. - Ss read the text and find the best placeholder name for this strange man. - Ss check their answers in pairs. - T gets WCFB.

While-Reading #2 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task

- Ss read the text again and answer the true- false- doesn't say questions. - Ss check their answers in pairs. - T corrects two or three students' answers and they go on to correct others. - If there is any problem question T clarifies the answer.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned through a freer speaking practice

- Ss awatch 3 minutes extract from the movie The Invisible Man at normal speed and 1 minute at fast forward. Then they work in small groups and discuss these questions: . What might have happened to the man? . Are there any differences between the film and the story? . What might happen next in the story?

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