Suing companies for personal injuries
Reading. To improve students receptive skills through five articles and related vocabulary.
Speaking. To improve student's productive skills through post-reading activity which includes discussion on particular article and questions related to the theme.
Procedure (31-45 minutes)
Before lesson starts, teacher puts up few pictures on a board that related to a story. At the beginning of a lesson teachers tells a story of Rodney Pipe who is an English teacher. He was injured while taking a teabag out of cupboard in stafroom. When he opened the cupboard it fell on him, knocking him unconscious. He was taken to hospital and missed seven weeks of work. He still has a scar across his forehead. He asked school if they could give him any money, but they said "Certainly not - you opened the cupboard too strongly!''
Teacher asks the following question: 'What do you think Rodney should do?' Depending on students answer teacher gives pronunciation and definition for the verb 'sue'. Then he ask the class if Rodney should get a compensation. Finally, in pairs student look at cartoons and say what is going wrong in each picture.
Students are asked to read (five articles) for gist and in pairs match the articles to the cartoons in exercise one.
Students divided into two groups, handouts with definitions of the words are given. Students read for specific information and find the words (plaintiff, settlement, appeal, suing, damages, distress) to match the definitions. Finally, teacher gives the other handout where both words and their definition are written.
In pairs students answer questions such as 'Do you think that Mrs Joel (article one) was right to sue the theme park? Why or why not?' 'For what reason people sue in your country?' 'Can you think of any recent examples?'