Kate Demirtaş Kate Demirtaş

Intermediate level


The theme of this lesson is culture, and how its meaning can be interpreted on different levels. The lesson starts with brainstorming of ideas and creating a mind map, then there are two reading tasks and follow-up freer speaking activities to allow students express their thoughts. The lesson ends with a quiz competition about culture.


Main Aims

  • To provide inference and detailed reading practice using a text about a definition of culture.
  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about a definition of culture.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of culture.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set the context for the lesson and engage Ss' interest.

Write the noun culture on the board. Put Ss in pairs and tell them to come up with ideas they associate with culture. Ask Ss to come to wb and write ideas by creating a mind map. Ask Ss which of their ideas are the most important part of a country's culture and why.

Reading (15-18 minutes) • To practise reading quickly for specific information and and in the second part of the stage, to practise reading for detailed comprehension.

Write c and C on the wb. Elicit what's the difference between the two letters 1. Reading for general understanding.( 2mins) Tell Ss they wil read a text about definitions of culture. Write on the wb: ' How many definitions of culture exist' ? Distribute the hand-outs Tell the Ss to read quickly and find the answer for the question. Ss compare their answers in pairs. Elicit the answer 2. Reading for detailed information(8-10mins) Pre-teach the words: unique and valuable by eliciting their meaning from Ss. CCQs from LA sheet to help. Distribute ex3p12 Tell the Ss their task will be to complete the text with sentences from the ex3 Instruct Ss to read the sentences first and then work in pairs to complete the text. Ss compare their answers with another pair. Elicit the correct answers and reasons for them. 3. Post reading(5mins) Point to the ideas on the wb Ss came up with at the beginning of the lesson. Ask to catgorise these ideas into those about 'culture with a capital C' and those about 'culture with a small c' Elicit ideas and reasons for them. 4. Ask Ss if there were any vocabulary items they didn't understand in the text. Ask each Ss to chose up to 4 words. Ss try to explain meaning in pairs/groups. Anticipate that Ss may not know the words: define, broader, values, identity, community.

Follow-up speaking task (5-7 minutes) • To give Ss speaking practice and to personalise the topic.

Write on the wb sentence taken from the text: 'Culture is roughly everything we do and the monkeys don't'. Students work in pairs. Ask Ss how they understand the statement and share their interpretation wıth peers. Elicit some ideas and reasons for them.

Game activity (10-12 minutes) • To give Ss freer speaking practice and to set the context for the next lesson

Distribute 4 colourful slips of paper to each S. Tell Ss to write a question about Turkish or any other country's culture on each slip. Tell the Ss to make sure they know the answers themselves before asking a question. After Ss finish writing divide the class into two groups. Groups work together to choose best questions( this will depend on how many Ss will show up to the class) After they make up their mind, collect the chosen slips from each group without mixing them. Still in the groups each s picks a question the opposite team made. Correct answers gets points. The team that collects more points wins.

Feedback (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback

Write a few mistakes on the wb together with their correction versions. Ss work in pairs to choose the correct option. Elicit and correct if necessary.

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