• to revise and enrich students' vocabulary on the topic
• to practise hstening for gist
• to develop students' reading skills
• to develop speaking skills of students through the methods of
In pairs, look at the words given below and write down all the words you
Letter, serious, heart, philosophy, envelope, page, paper, 2,000 years,
magician, scarf, rabbit, trick, five o'clock, empty, hat, mysterious, fur,
universe, hair, amazing,
Which strategies did you use to memorize the words? Memory Strategies:
• Read the list of the words quietly a few times.
• Repeat the words aloud. Begin with one word, them two, then three and
• Think of the items visually, e.g. a picture of envelope.
• Make connections between words, e.g. scarf, hat (clothes).
• Classify words grammatically, e.g. serous, empty, amazing (adjectives).
• Classify words alphabetically, e.g. page, paper, philosophy.
Choose three things that you are good at remembering or learning.
1. numbers: telephone numbers, dates, scores, prices
2. sounds: voices, pieces of music
3. machines: how to use and repair them
4. images: what people wear, details of the houses
5. actions: using your hands, e.g. cooking, driving
6. places: names, directions
7. people: names, faces
8. smells: places, food
Introducing the Topic
A) Remember how to use the words, laboratory: a lab workshop Assembly
to equip, equipment: to be well equipped, modern equipment record, to
record chemistry, physics, biology canteen: a school canteen
habit: work habits; school habits; to develop good habits; to be in the
habit of doing something; to break the habit
opportunity: to offer opportunities; to find (afford) an opportunity to
do something; to give somebody an opportunity; to miss an opportunity; to have
an opportunity for (of) doing something
to satisfy, satisfactory: to satisfy somebody's curiosity (interest); to
be satisfied with the results in sports (work, studies); a satisfactory answer
to disappoint, disappointed: to be disappointed in a person, in some
idea, in a book
to acquire: to acquire knowledge (a habit, skills) success, successful:
to be a success
to cope: to cope with a difficult task (problem, subject); to cope with
B) Read the names of the subjects in column A and find the words which
rhyme in column B.
seaography mystery grief laughing reeling
fainting in coils writhing drawling
painting in oil
C) In column B find pairs of the words that rhyme with the names of the
reading and writing history and geography drawing and painting in oil
Latin and Greek
drawling and fainting in coils laughing and grief mystery and geography
reading and writing
A) Read the poem and fill in the necessary words: big, me, day, better,
agree, a key, sea, world, ABC.
We learn such lots of things at school,
And new ones every_(day);
I think the names of some of them Are very hard to say. If people say
Is hard, I don't_(agree):
For if you know your tables, it's
As plain as_(ABC)
Geography's about the_(world)
It's interesting to me. Because I like to hear about
The lands across the_(sea).
Geography is very nice,
But history is_(better).
And composition teaches us
How to write a letter.
But reading is the best of all,
For reading's like a_(key)
That opens many doors.
It opens books for_(me).
And when I reach the upper school,
I'll learn, when I am_(big).
Geometry and Algebra,
And something queer called trig.
B) Answer the questions on the poem.
1. What subjects does the boy in the poem speak about?
2. What does the boy think about different subjects?
3. Do you agree with what the boy says about arithmetic and other
4. What is your favourite subject at school? Why do you like it best of
5. Why is reading the best for the boy? What is your attitude to the
6. What books do you prefer to read?
Work in pairs.
The students speak about School Subjects. They say what they think about
different subjects that they learn at school, which of them are easy and
interesting, which are difficult, what the subjects teach them, etc.
A minute for a joke
The teacher asked his pupils to write an essay, saying what they would
do if they had a million pounds.
Every pupil except little Sammy began writing immediately. Sammy sat
idle, watching the flies on the ceiling.
The teacher collected the papers, and Sammy handed in a blank sheet.
"How is this, Sammy?" asked the teacher. "Is this your
essay? Every other pupil has written two sheets or more, while you have done
"Well", replied Sammy, "That's what I would do if I were
Work in pairs
Read through the following School report and try to write in the names
of the subjects.
Look at the example first.
HASTINGS COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL SCHOOL REPORT Pupil's name: Joanna Steele,
(PHYSICS / CHEMISRY / BIOLOGY)
Quite good, but her spelling needs to improve
Good. Her holiday in Paris has certainly helped her a lot_
Needs to work harder — especially at map reading
An excellent pupil. Very interested in subject and her project on
"Roman Britain" was the best I've ever read
Still uses her fingers to count
Fair. A lot to leam but seems to enjoy doing experiments
Always tries to hard and is becoming an excellent tennis player
Very poor. Hates the subject — especially singing
Quite good. Likes drawing teachers
A god pupil. Regularly does the reading at Morning Assembly
A) Listen to the song / poem Wonderful World. What school subjects are
mentioned in the song?
Don't know much about history, Don't know much biology,
Don't know much about a science book, Don't know much about the French I
took. But I know that I love you, And I know that if you love me, too, What a
wonderful world this would be. Don't know much about geography, Don't know much
trigonometry. Don't know much about algebra, Don't know what a slide rule is
for. But I know that one and one is two, And if this one could be with you,
What a wonderful world this would be. I don't claim to be an 'A' student, But
I'm trying to be. For maybe by being an 'A' student, baby, I can win your love
B) What is your attitude to these subjects? Are they your favourite
ones? Are you good at them?
Speak / write about your school: the building, the rooms and labs, the
equipment, the teachers, your favourite subjects, the lessons that seem boring