Kate DemirtaƟ Kate DemirtaƟ

Intermediate level


This lesson is based on the article 'The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000',by Laura Shin, adapted from The Forbes magazine. Ss will learn and practise phrasal verbs, read the article and share their views and experience on spending and saving money.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, detailed and inference reading practice using a text about downshifted lifestyle in the context of saving money

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of phrasal verbs in the context of saving money
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of spending and saving money


Lead-in (3-6 minutes) • To set the context for the lesson

Write 'What do you spend your money on?' and ' Do you save money? Why/Why not?' on the w/b. Put ss in pairs and tell them to answer these questions. Personalized w/c fb

Focus on reading (20-25 minutes) • To read for general and specific information; to enable ss understanding new vocabulary

1.Pre-reading( 1-2mins) Ask Ss if they could live one year without spending money on certain things e.g. take-away coffee. If not, why not? SS discuss in pairs 2. Reading for general understanding( 5mins) Tell the Ss they will read an article about a couple who decided to stop spending the money for a year. Ask Ss if they the couple succeeded. Why/Why not?And how much money they managed to save up?-write the numbers on the w/b (W/C) Don't provide the answers, tell the Ss to read the text quickly without focusing on new vocabulary, to check whether they predictions were true. W/C fb 3. Reading for specific information(10mins) Pre-teach the key words (phrasal verbs) Tell the Ss they will read the text again trying to find out how did the couple save the money. Ss compare their answers in pairs. Elicit the answers from each pair and write them on the w/b W/C fb 4. Post-reading (5-8mins) Tell the Ss they will be given vocabulary task where they have to match the words with their meanings.The words come from the reading text and they have been already highlighted, to make finding them easier. Ss work in pairs, then compare answers with another pair. If there are still incorrect answers tell the Ss to have a look at they keys to the exercise sticked to the wall.

Free speaking practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide freer speaking practice and to personalize the topic.

Put Ss in groups of three( Ss have to stand up)and tell them to discuss each idea of saving money from the reading text. Tell Ss to ask each other they could do the same things in order to save money. Why/Why not? Feedback to each group. Monitor and assist

Feedback (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback

Write a few ss' mistakes on the board. Using eliciting and reformulation get the ss to correct the mistakes

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