Skills Lesson, Reading Twentieth-Century Advances
• To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text on advances in the twentieth century
• To provide clarification and practice of vocabulary items related to technological advances in the twentieth century.
Procedure (42-51 minutes)
In the lead-in part of the lesson, refer to the previous lesson where SS have discussed changes brought on by technology. Ask them what they think about the effects on our lives, and whether the consequences are mostly positive or negative. Then show a picture of James May and ask if they know him. He's the presenter of the programme called "Top Gear" which especially male SS might be familiar with. After eliciting answers and explaining who he is, show SS a short clip about the programme series "James May's 20th Century," which the article they'll read is based on. After watching the clip, tell SS they will read a text and as them to predict what it will be about. Elicit answers.
Tell SS they will do a vocabulary task. This tasks involves words from the reading text. Tell SS you have small strips of paper with words on them and other with their definition. There are 6 words and their definitions: "influential, advances, affordabla, experiment, invention, volume". SS wil work in pairs and match the words to their definitions. They will have 2 minutes for this task. Next, ask the pairs to compare their answers with the other pairs. WC FB. Then drill pronunciation and elicit stress after writing them up on the board and elicit part of speech.
Re-group the SS. Tell Ss they will quickly read a text. Inform them that it will be about James May's programmes. Then they'll match three titles with three paragraphs of the text. Explain that there's one extra title that doesn't match the three paragraphs. They will work individually and finish the task in 1 minute. Next, They'll check in pairs and discuss why. Ask ICQs. "Are you going to work in pairs or by yourself?" "Are you going to write sentences, or match?" "How much time do you have?" Hand out the text (HO2ReadingforGist) and tell SS to start the task and read quickly. Monitor. After 1 minute, tell SS to stop and check their answers with their partners. WC FB.
Re-groups SS. Tell SS they will answer questions about the text. They will work individually and answer true-false questions. They will have 4 minutes. Ask ICQs. “Are you going to work in pairs?” “Are you going to write the answers?” Give SS the handout. (HO3ComprhsnQs) Monitor and assist when SS need it. When SS complete the task, they check their answers in pairs. Then give SS the AK and let them compare answers. WC FB elicit correct answers for the false statements.
Re-groups SS so that they will work in groups of three or four, depending on the number of SS. Tell SS they will have a discussion with each other. Explain they will get information cards.Show the cards. On the cards, there is a topic involving technology. "What are the most important changes - in medicine / education / travel / communication- in the last hundred years?" SS will prepare discussion points answering the question on their cards. They will have 3 minutes to prepare. Next they will discuss in groups and take notes of what their peers argue. Ask ICQs. Each S gets a card with a different field. (HO4DiscussionCards) They prepare their comments for 3 minutes. Then the groups start their discussion and take notes of what each S argues. When they finish, ask 2 SS from each group to swap with 2 SS from the other group. Ask SS to report what their peers argued using their notes to their new group members. After SS finish their reporting and discussion, ask which student had the best arguments or ideas.