Love at first sight
To practise reading for gist and detailed information in the context of a love story
To practise listening (live) for gist and freer writing practise in the context of love story, and to introduce some lexis
Procedure (42-53 minutes)
Play the video for 32 seconds. Ask students "What happened in the video?".Get them to discuss in pairs for a minute. Take their comments and elicit some lexis such as fall in love and love at first sight, and write as many lexis as you can on the upper right side of the WB. When you elicit the name of the theme "Love at first sight" write it in the middle of the WB.
Tell your real-life story when you fell in love at first sight. Give them a gist question "Is my story a 'love at first sight' story. While telling the story, pre-teach the core lexis and write/stick them on the WB so that they can easily understand the reading text and achieve the writing activity in the post-reading stage. Get the students to discuss the question in pairs at the end and take WC FB.
Introduce the text and characters. Tell them the text is controversial (tell them to look at the title) because there is no agreement whether characters fall in love at first sight or no. Give them the same gist question "Is it a love at first sight?". Students skim the text for 2 minutes to be able to answer the question. After that, group the class in 3s or 4s to discuss the question. Take groups' ideas about the question and ask why they think so.
Draw attention to the prepared questions that require detailed information from the text. The class individually reads the text in details and works in pairs to answer the questions. Monitor them and give WC FB at the end.
Group the class in 4s. Give them a sheet with one sentence on it "It was her/his first day in the university". The first group member continues the story by writing a sentence, and the rest of the group adds one sentence each. It can turn twice and three times, but give them 7-9 minutes to complete their stories. Encourage the class to use the words on the WB and monitor the groups to help with the vocabulary. At the end each group nominates one person to tell their story.