Teaching Practice 4
A2 - Elementary level
To give sts practice in reading skills (skim/gist reading and reading for detail).
To give sts practice speaking about places and provide essential vocabulary that would enable them to do so.
Procedure (33-44 minutes)
First, I write on the WB 'Places in a City' and elicit some words from the sts. Then, the sts in groups look at pictures and say what they can see. Then they look at the words on the second page and match those words to the pictures. Peer-check.
I elicit the answers for word/picture match from sts, Then I show flashcards and ask the word; model and drill sts on the pronunciation.
I give an example from my life (I live in Cyprus, but I work 3000 km away, in Istanbul, 2 days a week). Then I say, 'Claire lives in Istanbul and works in Istanbul. She lives in Tophane but works in 4 Levent. I ask some of the students where they live and where they work. Then I introduce the text and say 'this is an article about Jose Luis and Lawrence. I want you to read it quickly to see where they live and work.
Sts are given three minutes to read the article and find where Jose Luis and Lawrence live & work (gist task). They peer check their answers, then we quickly go over them as WC.
Set the task: They read again to answer some questions about the characters. While sts are working on the reading task I write some adjectives with their opposites that we will use in describing places on the WB, then monitor the sts. After 5-6 minutes: Peer check.
WCFB on the detailed reading questions. We also go over the adjectives on the WB. Do meaning check and pronunciation drill.
To prepare the sts for the final activity, I say that 'I like New York because it is an exciting city. Yes, a little crowded and noisy, but it’s very nice. I don’t like farms because they are boring.' Then I tell them to think of two places; a place they like and a place they dislike. I ask them to talk to each other about those places. They're told that they can use the adjectives on the board in their conversation.