Teaching Practice 4
To provide reading for specific information and in-depth reading practice.
To provide semi-controlled speaking practice to develop fluency.
To teach vocabulary in the context.
Procedure (30-46 minutes)
Teacher starts by telling a story about his/her friend who owns a pet cat. Teacher points to an advantage of having a pet: "healing power". Students are then asked whether they have a pet. After a few questions students are paired to talk about their pets. Those who don't have pets talk about the reason for not having one. Instructions: "In pairs, talk about your pets. Why do you like keeping them?"
Students work in groups of 3-4. They match a description of each animal to the corresponding picture and discuss their answers. At this stage no answers are confirmed yet. At this stage any unfamiliar vocabulary is clarified too. Instructions: "Look at these photos. Guess which description matches the animal"
In groups students are instructored to read animal stories and match the description in the previous exercise to each story. The answers are then confirmed.
Students work in the same groups. They are given several definitons to the most challenging words in each story. Teacher encourages students to match each definition to the appropriate word from the text. Each group works on their own text. Once they complete this activity teacher provides each group with key to check in groups. Instructions: "Find the words in your text which mean the same as this".
Students read their stories for another 3-5 minutes and are instructed remember as much as possible about their stories. Instructions: "Read your stories again and remember as many details as possible"
Students work in groups. Students take it in turns to retell their stories to other people in the group. In FB students tell which story they liked best.