Delal Delal

Children vs. Technology
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students practice scanning and reading for detail. It starts with a cultural lead-in, a discussion on the games children used to play in Turkey, and how technology changed the children's games and lives nowadays. They are pre-taught some vocabulary and they read the text. Then they focus on linkers through some exercises.


Abc Handout Slips

Main Aims

  • To help students practice scanning and reading for specific information in the specific information in the context of an article on the effects of technology on childhood.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce students to, and give them practice using, linkers in the context of a text on children and technology.


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

1. Put up some pictures from old outdoor games and ask the students whether they recognize any of them. 2. Start a discussion on comparing the new generation's games and the older ones, which will lead us directly into the subject.

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

1. In pairs the students discuss the statements about children's free time activities that I will hand out. 2. Pre-teach blocking vocabulary: "prosperity, devote, retreat"

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

1. Tell the students to take a look at the text individually via scanning technique for 3 minutes to find out the meanings of the numbers that I will give. 2. The students check the answers in pairs and we discuss as whole class.

While-Reading #2 (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

1. Students complete the blanks individually using the given words . To complete this exercise they might go back to the text. 2. Check the answers as WC.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

1. In pairs, they summarize the text by matching the sentences that are connected to each other with Linkers. 2. We check the answers as WC. 3. Classify each linker on WB with students' help

Back-Up Activity (6-10 minutes) • To convey the linkers and connectors in students' minds

1. Hand the activities out and let the students work in pairs 2. Check the answers as whole class

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