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Reading: Changing China
B2- upper-Int level


This is a reading lesson based on material from Face2Face Upper-Int Unit 7B. The text is entitled " Changing China" . Specifically the text is about Shanghai and how it has changed over the years. In this lesson sts will have a chance to practice their scanning and reading for detail skills to understand the content of the text. Afterwards sts will have a chance to relate the topic of the text to their personal context in a post-reading speaking discussion.


Abc HO1- text ( changing China)
Abc HO1- text ( Changing China) and comprehension questions

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson sts will have practiced their scanning and reading for detail skills in the context of an article about Shanghai and how it has changed over the years.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in the context of speaking about changes in a city


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Elicit "China" by asking sts which countries in the world are the most powerful. Write China on WB then ask sts in pairs to write 5 things they associate with China. Elicit their ideas on to the WB.

Pre-Reading (8-0 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make the text more accessible

Explain to sts that they are going to read about China but first they will discuss 2 questions. " How has China changed over the last 50 years?" What do you think the future for China is ?" - WCFB- nominate some sts to tell the class what they discussed. - Before sts read the text, Pre-teach 3 words: a skyscraper, ( picture- CCQs- which city is famous for Skyscrapers? Are there skyscrapers in Istanbul?" a hut ( a picture) and the phrase " business is booming" ( CCQs: are things going well?)

While-Reading #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice in reading for specific information .

To encourage sts to read for specific information and to do it quickly, do a scanning race. Distribute HO1 (text) to sts and instruct them to keep it face down. T. reads out numbers and sts turn page over, quickly scan text to find the necessary information. The numbers are: 20 years, 2000, 1993, McDonalds, 60%, 20%, in the next ten years. When a st finds the answer, elicit response and get a full answer.

While-Reading #2 (10-0 minutes) • To provide students with practice in reading for detail

Sts read the text in more detail and answer the T/F questions form ex. 2C (on HO1) Get WCFB: Get sts to justify thier answers in FB

Post-Reading (8-0 minutes) • To provide sts with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Get sts to relate topic of text to Turkey. Dictate the following questions: 1. Which place in Turkey has changed a lot? 2. Has Istanbul changed a lot in the last 20 years? 3. What do you think of the present government and their development plans? Get some WCFB and do error correction as necessary.

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