Monica Callegher Monica Callegher

TP8 - Reading: Villains
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will have the opportunity to read a text that speaks about villains in films. First, the T will ask Ss to think about any other villains they may know, to clarify the concept. Then, Ss will put the evil characters presented in the text in order of nastiness. The second activity on the text asks students to find out unusual words and expressions starting from the definitions. The final activity will be a speaking during which students will give a list of features for a good female villain.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about villains in the context of movie characters

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of moie baddies
  • To provide clarification of vocabulary in the context of movie villains


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The T shows Ss a PPT with pictures of movie villains. The T asks students to name each of these. At the end of the presentation to T asks Ss to discuss with their partner what distinguishes a "baddie" and if they can mention any other movie villain.

Pre-Reading/ Vocabulary pre-teach (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The T pre-teaches some vocabulary, necessary for the Ss to understand the reading (Villain, nasty-nastiness, wicked, as a start). I'll give the meaning, first, then write the words on the WB .

Listening #1 - Gist (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with practise in gist reading tasks

The T delivers students a handout with a description of 5 movie villain and asks the Ss, in pairs, to put them in order of nastiness. FB on the WB.

Reading/#2 - Details (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with detailed and inference reading tasks

Ss are asked to look back on the text about villains and to find words or expression in it that match the definition in the exercise. Ss will check in pairs. On the board, T projects the keys.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to practise the vocabulary they've learned

In groups, Ss will discuss on two questions. The first one is: Why are men usually the villains in the movie? The second one is: Can you think about any other woman villain? Ss have to draw a female villain, in groups, and list some charaterstics a good female baddie should have? Oral FB with the class.

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