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Reading Lesson
Elementary level


This reading lesson reviews some basic vocabulary related to family. It also provides examples of wh- questions in the next lessons.


Main Aims

  • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information in the context of living at home.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give practice in freer speaking. To give Ss the opportunity to review and practise simple present and family vocabulary.


Warmer (5-7 minutes) • To get to know SS and to help them get to know each other. To practice them asking for basic information about each other.

Introduce myself to SS, answering gapped questions on the board: "______ _____ name?" Emilyn "______ _____ ____ live?" Istanbul "______ ____you do?" I'm a teacher. "____ ____ married?" Yes, I am / Yes. I'm married. "_____ ____ you live with?" I live with my husband. Model the dialogue with a student. Drill the questions and any supporting vocab. Ss stand up and mingle and meet other people in the class, asking the questions. Ss sit down - take FB - Ss introduce other Ss to the class. Encourage them to say "This is .., S/he's ..." etc.

Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To arouse interest in the topic. To prepare them for the following stages

Show photo of Andy to the whole class. Ask in an open discussion: "Who do you see in the photo?" "Do you know him?" "Can you describe him?" (Give prompt questions: "Is he handsome? Does he look happy?") "What else do you see?" Tell class the man's name is Andy Castle. Elicit meaning of "castle." Ask CCQs: 1)Is it a building? 2) Do people live in it? 3) What kind of people live in it? 4) Do people still live in castles? 4) Do you have castles in Turkey)

Initial Reading Task (3-5 minutes) • To provide SS practice in predicting about the text

Put SS in pairs (with seat mates). Tell SS they are going to talk with their partner and answer some questions about Andy Castle. 1. How old is Andy? 2. Does he have a job? / If yes, What does he do? 3. Is he married? 4. Who does he live with? 5. Is he happy? Give out Handout 2 to each pair. Tell SS they have 3 minutes. Check if they understand the instructions. (Ask 1 or two students: "What are you going to write on your paper?" or "Do you know the real answers to these questions?" "What are you going to do?" Monitor and help where needed. SS peer-check, then take w/c FB.

Detailed reading task (5-7 minutes) • To provide students practice for a more detailed understanding of a reading text

Tell SS they are going to read about Andy Castle, and answer the questions about the text. Give SS Handout 3 (Reading text with Detailed Task - Underlining the correct answer.) Tell SS they have 7 to 10 minutes. SS peer check. Take w/c FB - elicit answers, T writes answers on the board.

Post-Reading (7-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ask original pairs in the Lead in activity which of their predictions about the text were correct. In an open class discussion, ask: 1. Why does Andy live at home with his parents? Elicit answers for Q1. T writes answers on the board. Possible answers: 1. He doesn't have a girlfriend. 2. He doesn't want to live alone. 3. He likes the house. 4. A lot of his friends live at home. 5. He doesn't want to spend a lot of money on his own house. Ask SS to look at the text again and find words related to family. Write elicited answers on the board. Possible answers: daughter, father, mother, grandfather, son. Drill on correct pronunciation and stress. Draw a family tree of the Castle family on the board. (Jack-father; Dora-mother; Emily-daughter; Andy-son) Drill on possessives. Ask SS to describe people in the family tree. Make sure they use possessives correctly. Possible answers: Emily is Andy's sister. Jack is Andy's mother.,etc

Production, speaking activity (3-5 minutes) • To give students free practice on TL, to allow personalisation and speaking practice

Put SS in groups of 3. Tell SS to discuss answers to the following questions (to be written on the board). 1. How old are people when they leave home? 2. In Turkey, how old are people when they get married? 3. Do you know a person in Andy's situation? Monitor and help when nesessary. Peer check, then w/c FB.

Flexi-stage (5-7 minutes) • To give students free practice on TL, to allow personalisation and speaking practice

Put students in groups of 3 to 5 (depending on number of SS present). Make sure there are only three groups. Give a piece of paper for SS to write on. Tell SS they have 3 minutes to ask any 4 questions: Group 1 - to Andy's mother Group 2 - to Andy's father Group 3 - to Andy Monitor and help when necessary. Ask each group to paste their paper with questions on the board under the headings, Andy's mother, father and Andy. Ask SS to come to the board and look at the questions. SS sit down. Ask SS at random (may be 4 or 5) which of the questions they like most, and why.

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