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Suing companies for personal injuries
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students read five articles on five magazine stories about people trying to sue companies and get compensation for personal injuries. Furthermore, through pair and group work they decide what particular person should do in case of injuries, match cartoons to the articles and words to the definitions and discuss questions.


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Main Aims

  • Reading. To improve students receptive skills through five articles and related vocabulary.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking. To improve student's productive skills through post-reading activity which includes discussion on particular article and questions related to the theme.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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!''

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

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.

While-Reading #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students are asked to read (five articles) for gist and in pairs match the articles to the cartoons in exercise one.

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

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.

Post-reading (5-8 minutes) • Increasing student's productive skills trough discussion

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?'

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