Özge Aydemir, Reading Lesson, The Human Camera / The Human Computer
Intermediate, B1/B2 level
By the end of the lesson, ss will have improved their receptive skill of reading, and sub-skills of reading for gist, reading for specific information and reading for details in the context of men with extraordinary memories (abilities of an autistic person).
By the end of the lesson, ss will have improved their productive skill of speaking targeting fluency in the context of men with extraordinary memories (abilities of an autistic person).
Procedure (40-49 minutes)
T tells the ss that they are going to watch a scene from the movie "Rain Man" and asks them to think and share in pairs the answers to the questions "What's special about Raymond?, How's he different?" Ss watch the video and discuss in pairs. There's W/C F/B.
T sets the task, tells the ss to work in their pairs. Ss are given one piece of paper for each pair. T asks possible ICQs. Ss run outside the classroom and race to match the phrases in bold in HOs with their meanings. When the ss finish, T gives the AK. Ss check their answers in groups. T monitors. T asks if they have a problem with any of the answers.
As a demo, T displays a photo of herself and invites the ss to ask questions about her ability as a windsurfer. Next, T asks the ss to find out about each other's abilities.T sets the task and gives HOs. Ss mingle and find someone for each cue. There's W/C F/B, each s shares a piece of information about a classmate.
T displays pictures of both texts of the jigsaw reading. T tells the ss are these two men have special abilities and asks the ss to discuss in their groups what special abilities they might have by looking at the pictures. There'S W/C F/B.
T quickly ECDWs the words "autistic and pebbles". T tells the ss to read the text quickly to check if their guesses are right or wrong. T reminds the question "What special abilities do they have?" T sets a time limit of 1 minute to read. There's W/C F/B.
T sets the task and tells the ss to find the meanings of the given numbers in the text. T monitors. T puts the "A"s and "B"s in groups so that they can check theirs answers. T indicates one of the s's paper from each group as the AK.
T akss the ss to answer the questions about their texts. Ss work individually and the T monitors. When they complete the task T guides the ss to check their answers in their groups of A or B. T monitors. T doesn't give the A/K yet. F/B is given after next stage.
Ss are paired up again based on Text A and Text B again and they are asked to share information about their texts by asking / answering the questions used in the previous stage. T monitors. When the ss are done, T hands out the AK.
T divides the class into two and asks the ss to think of other people in history or in the world with extraordinary talents and share information about these people. T encourages the groups to come up with the most information to share. Ss work in groups. T monitors. Next, there's W/C F/B. T uses correction techniques when necessary.