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Rich world, poor world?

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 80 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to an article about the causes of poverty
  • Use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Identify the main ideas in an authentic article about poverty
  • Identify the correct definitions for new vocabulary based on their use in the article
  • Correctly answer comprehension questions about details from the article
  • Present ideas about innovative or stereotyped representations of poverty

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Activities (12)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up 1

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Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core
  • Video


Student instructions

What do you know about international development? Watch the video and think about the issues it raises. Then discuss the questions in Warm up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of stereotypes, and highlight some of the assumptions that people make about other countries.
Before students watch the video, ask them if they know what the third world means.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about the video you just watched and discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the issues raised by the video in Warm up 1.
Once students have discussed the questions in groups or pairs, hold a brief class discussion to compare ideas.


 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

How much do you know about Africa? Try to guess the correct ending for each statement.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check students' knowledge about developing countries and challenge any misconceptions they might have.
Encourage students to guess. The purpose of this activity is to generate discussion. It is not important if students get the answers wrong.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas from an authentic opinion article about the causes of poverty in Africa.
The article is taken from a series in which the readers use the Google autocomplete feature to see questions that a lot of people are asking.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Match the definitions to the correct words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to clarify the meaning of key vocabulary from the article. This will help students answer the questions in the Comprehend activity. The vocabulary is in bold in the article so the students can see it in context.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the text, using the key language. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the key language from the Language activity, introducing the words in a new context.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate the vocabulary studied in Language and Practice by writing a paragraph on a related topic. Students can consult the key vocabulary list and attempt to incorporate as much of it as possible.

 

Comprehend

Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions, using your own words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand details from the article.
Students may refer to the reference material on reading for detail and inference if necessary.
Culture notes

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions with another student, or in a group.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the issues raised in the article in Main ideas and the video in Warm up 1.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 23 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to watch a video nominated either for a Rusty Radiator or Golden Radiator award, and decide why that video was nominated. See the Culture Notes in Warm up 2 for more information on these awards.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they found difficult in the lesson.

 
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