Aeneas Murray. Lesson Plan 1- Reading.
Upper Intermediate level
To provide reading practice for gist and detail.
To provide fluency in the context of Expat Tales
To provide fluency speaking practice in a Pairs in the context of Expat Tales
Procedure (33-43 minutes)
Ask students about their experiences of living and working away from home. (Business Trips included)
Match sentences (1-5) to pictures (a-e) (5 mins) ICQ Write your answers in your notebook. ( You have 2 mins) Elicit A’s before showing A-E- nominate Ss. Peer to Peer check. OCFB. Elicit FORM “ What type of words are these? Are they verbs, adjectives…?” Listen and mark the stress in each word, like this:
Initial Reading Task (Reading for Gist) (7 minutes) (5 minutes for Gist and 2 minutes for OCFB) Students have 5 minutes to answer the questions. - Who enjoyed the text? Why? Who found their learning experience useful? What is the text about? Which country did Chris move to? From who's perspective is the text written?
Reading Comprehension Questions. Students have 14-16 minutes for the task. Answers are down below. Where does Ian-Walker Smith come from? Who does Ian-Walker Smith work for? Which city does Ian-Walker Smith work in, in Chile? What is Ian-Walker Smith’s role? How long has Ian-Walker Smith been living in Chile? Did Ian-Walker Smith know Spanish before moving? How do Ian-Walker Smith and his wife Andrea communicate? What’s special about the city where Ian-Walker Smith works? What does Ian-Walker Smith miss most about where he comes from? Answers: Where does Ian-Walker Smith come from? Crewe, England. Who does Ian-Walker Smith work for? A European astronomical agency. Which city does Ian-Walker Smith work in, in Chile? Antofagasta. What is Ian-Walker Smith’s role? Ian’s role is to make sure the computers work 24/7. How long has Ian-Walker Smith been living in Chile? 4 years. Did Ian-Walker Smith know Spanish before moving? He couldn’t speak more than a handful of words in Spanish. How do Ian-Walker Smith and his wife Andrea communicate? Ian and Andrea converse in what they call ‘Espanglish’. What’s special about the city where Ian-Walker Smith works? Antofagasta, and it’s surrounding mines are said to make more money for Chile than any other city. What does Ian-Walker Smith miss most about where he comes from? What Ian misses most is greenery.
Follow-up productive skills activity. Groups of 3-4 students. Debate: Students in preferably even numbers shall split into groups arguing the pros on the one hand and cons on the other. Students shall come together and draw a consensus on whether it’s best to live and work away from home.