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Who killed the great British curry house?: Long-form journalism

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Life today

  • 100 mins
  • Independent study, In class
  • Reading
  • C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to the content of an authentic article about restaurants in the United Kingdom
  • Be able to use a variety of reading strategies for reading long texts effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Skim a long text and identify the main ideas
  • Read a long text and identify the things in it that you are interested in
  • Hold a group discussion on the issues raised by the text
  • Develop a strategy for reading long-form journalism

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Activities (8)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This lesson requires students to read a longer piece of text. Depending on your class, you may want to run it as a 'flipped' lesson, where students read the text outside of class in preparation for the activities in the lesson.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and describe what you see to another student. Then discuss the questions:

    1. Where do you think the character of the waiter comes from?
    2. Why is he being so polite to such rude customers?
    3. How international are the restaurants where you live?

    Teacher notes

    The aim of this activity is to introduce the place that curry and South Asian food has in British society.

    This video contains a small amount of swearing and references to alcohol consumption. It is a good idea to watch the video before class to assess whether it is suitable for your students.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Match the descriptions of the dishes to the pictures. A few of the dishes are quite hard to find in Asia, but are easily found in restaurants in Europe. Why do you think some of these dishes are more European than Asian?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to some of the dishes that can be found at an Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom. This prepares students for the text they will read in the Pre-reading and Read activities, where these dishes appear.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 12 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to work together to understand the main ideas of the article.

Ensure that students have a good understanding of their sentences, before they proceed to the reading stage of this lesson.

 

Read

Read

Recommendations

  • 35 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the article as quickly as you can. Try to read so that you enjoy the article and are interested in what the author is saying. Try to guess any new words, or note them down and check them in a dictionary after you finish.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to read a longer text for enjoyment, rather than with a specific purpose in mind.

This activity may also be run as part of a 'flipped' lesson, where students read the article outside of class in preparation for the activities in the lesson.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 25 mins
  • Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

In a group, hold a discussion on immigration and different food cultures.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to have a conversation on food, culture, and immigration.

Have students refer to the reference material if they need more guidance on how to structure their discussion.

Monitor discussions to check for the correct use of language. Ideas can then be shared with the class.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to develop an interest in reading longer texts for pleasure.

'The Long Read' is a section from the UK newspaper The Guardian which focuses on long-form journalism. Articles go into more depth than standard newspaper articles, and cover topics that are not part of the daily news cycle. The Long Read also records many of its articles as audio, allowing students to listen to articles as they read.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on the objectives of the lesson and whether they were achieved.

 
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