Aigerim Zhannazarova Aigerim Zhannazarova

Copy of F2F 1A Be Happy
Intermediate level


In this lesson SS will be introduced to their instructor, then to each other through a name game activity. The main aim of this lesson is to learn about the concept of happiness through guided discovery based on a ranking survey on the concept of happiness and its causes, followed by a reading which will reinforce the reasons for happiness. Finally, there are some post-reading questions related to the text and some questions related to the text with a tense exercise built in.


Abc Face 2 Face int page
Abc Face 2 Face
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Main Aims

  • To develop reading skills for gist and scanning in context of happiness

Subsidiary Aims

  • to review tenses


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To introduce myself and name game

Begin by greeting ss, then go straight to the board and draw 4 small pictures: an octopus, a mouse, an apple, and a rainbow. Lead ss to understand that these pictures spell out O-M-A-R through hints. Ask students to take out a piece of paper and draw their name using a picture for each letter. Emphasize that they should not write any letters. Give students a few minutes to go around the class and 'decode' their classmates names. SS with the most names may get a prize.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide exposure to the concept of happiness through personal experiences, and questions.

T introduces himself again; begins a slide show with pictures of himself in situations that bring him happiness / have caused him to be happy. T continues to show pictures (his friends, family, pets). T explains things that can make people happy. T asks ss, "What are other things that are not pictured that can lead to happiness?"

Task (3-5 minutes) • To have SS work in pairs to compile a list of what they think make people happy

Pair students based on seating and ask them to make a list of 6-8 things they think make people most happy in life. Through questioning, collect main themes of Happiness from student pairs and write them on board.

Pre-reading exercise (3-5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for ss to learn useful vocabulary related to the reading

T brings up an exercise with vocabulary terms and pictures to help SS with reading. T hands out Vocabulary matching exercise to ss. T checks to make sure students understand the exercise and then goes over answers on white board.

Brief Reading with lead in question (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the longer text which students will read later and to answer Q2A

T hands out a copy of Pg.4 of "Face2Face" to ss. T asks them to pair up with the person behind/in front of them, then read the intro text "The secret of Happiness", then talk to each other and discuss Q2A, "How did the scientists make their top ten list?" T will then ask selected ss to share their findings with the class.

Ranking Survey (8-10 minutes) • To allow students to rank what they think makes people happy

T collects students in the center of the room and arranges tables in a circle, T then places a potential "reason" (written on A4 paper) on each table:Genetics, Being Married, Friends and Family, Not wanting more than what you've got (contentment) Helping others, Religion, Being attractive, Growing old, Money, Intelligence. SS will stand in front of the theme they think is the leading cause of happiness. T then calculates the largest group and puts the "reason" on the board with the recognition of being 'TOP reason'. T will continue through the list until a ranking has been established. Students return to their seats

Reading (6-8 minutes) • To show ss what studies have shown is the leading cause of happiness.

T will hand out the article from Pg. 113 of Face2Face: "The secret of happiness" to ss. SS will read the article & compare the list from the article with the list from the ranking survey on the board and see which are the same and which are different.

Post-reading questions (3-5 minutes) • To address any questions from the text and to allow ss to reflect

T will ask ss, "What was surprising about the order in the text?" T will ask students if they "agree or disagree" with the findings in the study. Are there any rankings that they strongly disagree with and why?

Post reading questions (3-5 minutes) • To practice tenses in regards to happiness

T will select students at random to speak. T asks ss, "What made you happy in the past?" T asks ss, "What is making you happy now?" T asks ss, "What do they think will bring you happiness in the future?

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