Stephan Meurisch Stephan Meurisch

TP6 - The human camera/computer
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will read 2 story's about autistic people with amazing abilities.


Abc The human camera/computer Text Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, detailed scan and deduction reading practice using 2 texts about 2 autistic people in the context of their life, their special abilities and their jobs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Improve Ss speaking ability. T uses a short speaking activity at the end of the lesson which is related to the context of the 2 texts.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T projects 2 pictures of 2 men on the board. The pictures are labeled with "The human camera" and "The human computer". Ss will discuss what this might mean. Optional: T shows a short video clip of Stephen Wiltshire - The human camera.

Exposure - Reading for gist (5-5 minutes) • Skimming - Give Ss a global idea what the text is about.

From now on, the class is divided into 2 groups. Group A is engaged with the character Stephen Wiltshire, Group B is engaged with Daniel Tammet. (Jigsaw reading) I ask Ss to read the text very quickly (2min. skim read) While they read, they have to match headings (which I'll give them) to the 4 paragraphs from the text. Ss check their answers in pairs. WC FB

Pre-teach vocabulary before 2nd reading task (which is reading for detailed information) (2-4 minutes) • To enable Ss to understand the text easier

In this stage I have planned to teach 5 words: Autistic, MBE (Member of the British Empire), Porridge, Pebbles, π - Pi (number). At first I try to elicit the new vocabulary from the Ss. Then I'll check the meaning with CCQ's, drill the pronunciation and show the stress. At last I will write the new word on the board.

Reading for detail 1 - Optional Task!!! (8-10 minutes) • Scanning task - Ss have to find specific information within the text

Ss will read the text again. This time more carefully. (5min. scan read) Ss need to find out what the text say about some numbers they were given on a handout. Ss will check their answers in pairs.

Reading for detail 2 - Comprehension (10-15 minutes) • Ss gain a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the text.

Ss read the text again. This time very carefully (5-8min. scan read) Ss need to answer 6 text related questions from the handout. Ss will check their answers in their group. I will monitor carefully. If 1 student has all the correct answers, then this student will be the answer key for the other Ss in his/her group.

Post reading - Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice to talk about the context of the text.

Each Ss from Group A talks to a S from group B. They telling each other about their text using the answers from the previous task. Ss talk about what things both characters have in common and what things are different. T monitors.

Delayed Feedback (3-3 minutes) • Providing correction for Ss - Finishing up the lesson

T noticed spoken errors from Ss during the last task. T writes these errors on the board and ask Ss to tell which sentences are correct and which are wrong.

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