Teaching Practice 8
B1 - Intermediate level
To provide ss with gist and detailed reading practice in the context of a story of a woman falling in love with a homeless man.
To give students practice speaking mainly about homelessness and possibly love.
Procedure (39-44 minutes)
Show pictures of homeless people. Ask ss about what they think about homelessness. Imagine: you are walking home at night when you see a woman with her baby sitting in a corner on the sidewalk saying "We are hungry. Please help us; give us some food." What would you do? Would you walk away? Why do you think people become homeless?
A friend says: "All homeless people are lazy or drug addicts." Do you agree or disagree? Can you imagine falling in love with a homeless person? Try to pre-teach: "pay attention" "vulnerable" "agitated" "addict" at this stage.
Give each student a set of cut ups and tell them they have 4 minutes to put all the paragraphs in the right order. When they finish, they can check how their peers did it. I write the correct ordering on the board (E,B,F,A,D,C). Then the ss discuss what the title of this article might be for a minute or so.
Ss are given the entire article this time to read one more time and answer a set of questions. (See handout). They complete the task and, after a quick review of the answers, I ask what they think might be happening in the story next. They give their predictions. I try to elicit "give up" "astonishing" and "tanned" and tell them to turn the page over to read the second part of the story very quickly to decide whether a similar story could ever take place in Turkey.
Ss first give a summary of what happens in the second part of the story. Then I divide them into groups to discuss the possibility of something similar happening in Turkey. How likely is it? Is homelessness a real problem in Turkey?