To give students practice reading for gist and detailed in the context of changing attitudes towards marriage.
To give students practice in speaking for fluency.
Procedure (40-46 minutes)
Teacher writes on the white board the statement "Marriage is a thing of a past" and tries to elicit the meaning asking questions to the students. The teacher asks concept check questions to make sure everybody understands. (T: Today, is the number of marriages up or down? S: down, .. , T: Did more people get married in the past? S: yes, ... T: No couples get married today? S: People get married, but not much.) Once the meaning is clear, the students are given 3 minutes to discuss in pairs whether they agree with the statement or not. Then they share their ideas with the whole class.
The students are given 3 minutes to read the text and decide whether the text agrees or disagrees with the statement on the board. The students quickly discuss the answer in pairs and share it with the whole class.
The teacher reflects the scanned text on the white board and goes over the vocabulary items in the paragraphs. The teacher underlines "increase" and asks the students to say the opposite. Then T does the same for marriage X divorce, dead X alive, agree X disagree (with).
The students are asked to match the given sentences with the correct paragraph and fill in the blanks in the paragraphs. The teacher does the first item as an example and gives Ss 5 - 6 minutes to do the remaining three. Ss pair check and the teacher goes over the answers eliciting the answers from the students.
The Ss are asked to discuss the questions in ex.4 in pairs and are given 5 minutes. Next, the teacher asks the Ss to share ther ideas with the whole class.