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Definition of culture
intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn, revise and practice vocabulary relating to culture/ Culture through reading text- 'Towards a definition of culture' . This is followed by completing the text with the missing sentences- students are working in a pairs or small groups, and by deciding if questions adapted from an Australian citizenship test are about culture with a capital C or c.


Abc reading text

Main Aims

  • to give students practice in reading comprehension both for gist and specific informations

Subsidiary Aims

  • to learn, revise and practice vocabulary relating to culture/ Culture through both reading and speaking practice


Warmer/Lead-in (5-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher writes on WB : 'Culture is...' sentence, and asks students to finish it with their own examples, this will help to revise what facts students remember about 'culture' from previous lesson. Only if it is needed, but students should be able to give their examples, Teacher gives examples: Culture is classical music; Culture is literature; Culture is how people do things. Theacher than splits the class into pairs.

Pre-reading Section (10-15 minutes) • to prepare students for reading text

Teacher asks students to write in pairs an agreed definition of 'culture'. Teacher asks students for examples, and choose most agreed and accurate definition of 'culture',

Gist Reading (3-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice 'main idea' reading

Teacher introduce reading text to students, and ask them to read it for gist only. Teacher asks students if there are any examples of what they said in definition of 'culture' in the reading text. Teacher checks students understanding of the different meanings of 'culture' v 'Culture'.

Reading for specific information (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Teacher introduce task 1- 'complete the text with the missing sentences'. Teacher asks students to work in pairs- to read the text again for specific information. Teacher asks individual students for correct anwsers.

Follow up Speaking • to revise students understanding of difference between 'culture' and 'Culture'

Teacher asks students to write in a small groups two separate definitions for 'culture' without looking in the text. Teacher introduce task 2- A or B Quiz. Teacher shows to students different key words, and students are guessing which definition of 'culture'- A or B, is correct. Teacher introduce Task 3- only if there is enough time for it. Teacher ask students to work in small groups and ask them question: 'Which kind of culture is more important to learn about- with a capital c or with a small c and why?' Students share their ideas and arguments to eachother.

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