Reality TV.

Учитель английского язык

                                                                                                                     СШ№13 г.Жезказгана

                                                                                                                     Ким Рита Валериевна

The plan of the lesson

Theme: Reality TV.

The type of the lesson: revision, discussion

Objects of the lesson (aims):

—         to form and develop the skills of speaking with activation of definitions, connected with TV programmes;

—         to form the skills of critical thinking  through presentation of their mind;

—         to educate the interests to mass media and to form the way of living position.

The methods of the lesson: question-answer, group work, individual work, project work.

Teaching aids: cards, crossword, Power point presentation, interactive board.


The procedure of the lesson

I. Organization moment.

Greeting. Talking to whole class.

—         Good morning, students!

—         Today we will speak about television, reality TV programmes and the problems associated with them.

The mottos of  our lesson are:

«Live and learn»;

«Obtain information, obtain the world» (quotation);

 «Tastes do differ» (proverb);

 «So many men, so many minds» (proverb)      

T: Our mankind has entered the 21st century, the 3d millennium. And what was the 20th century famous for? Why was it important for us, for our history? We all consider that the 20th century was the century of dynamic development , the era of science and technological progress. It is not much of exaggeration to say that we live in the world that materially and intellectually has been created by science. This point of view is easy to illustrate on the material level. One nearly needs to mention the automobile, the airplane, the radio, the telephone and, of course, the television. It is difficult to imagine an ordinary day of an ordinary inhabitant of our Earth without this wonder of technique. Television gives us opportunity to watch the world, to get fresh first-hand information. It is both a pleasant companion and a real member of a family. It makes people’s lives more comfortable. But unfortunately we go much more seldom to the theatres or museums, pay visits to each other.


II. Warming up.

         .Discuss the following questions in small groups (be honest):

  1. How much television do you watch a week?


There are a lot of programmes on TV. Now name the kind of a TV programme.








 (Students give their answers)

  1. Which are your favourite/least favourite types of programmes?

(Teacher writes some examples of students’ favourite and least favourite shows on the board and uses the types of programmes, for example sitcom, soap opera, etc. Finally teacher makes a total for the amount of TV watched by the class a week: Our class watches …….. hours of TV a week.)

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Watching TV, you know, is the perfect way to spend our free time. Do you agree? Or you don’t?

It is a well known fact that TV has good and bad points. Let’s fill in the table on the blackboard and in your papers about its good and bad sides.

 Advantages of watching TV  Disadvantages of watching TV

         Possible answers.

—         It keeps people informed.

—         Advertisement on TV gives us information about different products.

—         It takes a lot of time.

—         It makes us lazy.

—         It’s harmful for eyes.

—         It makes people violent.

—         It takes all free time.

—         Many people become TV addicted.


III. Developing the skills of reading and speaking.

-Look at the photos. Can you recognize any of TV programmes?

-Talk about the reality TV shows that you have ever seen?

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—          It is a well known fact that TV is a perfect way to spend free time. Now read the text quickly. Don’t look up every new words. Just read and get general idea of the text.

Reality  TV.

         Reality TV begun in the early 1980s, when a Japanese television company made a series of programmes called Endurance. Starting with thousands of contestants in the first show, the programme presenters made them do really difficult and/or unpleasant things every episode. The presenters made fun of the contestants, too. Viewing figures in Japan were enormous.

         In Survivor, sixteen people are taken to remote  island and made to stay there for more than a month. They have to find their own food or go hungry. The producers let the contestants take one luxury item each. Every three days one contestant must leave the island and the last person wins 1 million.

         It’s not just adults who take part in these shows. A television series in Britain in 2003, called That’ll teach ‘em, took 30 teenagers and put them to a fictional King’s school, where they lived for 1 month and received 1950s-style tuition. The pupils were made to wear thick 1950s schooluniforms (including a schoolhat) during the hot summer and they had to do a lot a long run every day. ‘They made us have cold showers and we had to have our hands checked every day to see if they were clean,’ says one pupil. ‘We weren’t allowed to take anything from our modern lives into the school’. Although there was no prize money in this programme, the teenagers learned a lot from the experience.

         In 2004, there was a programme in Britain where contestants were not allowed to sleep for seven days to try to win 97000 prize money. The winner was 19-year-old Clare Southern. Shattered had many complaints from viewers.

 But where will it stop? Programmes like this are broadcast all over the world. But there people who think that these programmes degrade both the contestants and the viewers, and feel that contestants are often made to do dangerous things to make good television.

—         Read again and listen. Mark the statements T(true) or F(false). Correct the false statements.

  1. Reality TV programmes started more than 20 years ago in Japan.
  2. In Survivor, contestants are taken to an island and have to stay there for a month.
  3. The pupils were allowed to take mobile phones with them.
  4. The pupils won some money.
  5. The winner of Shattered was a teenager.
  6. Shattered was popular with everyone.

Slide 5

-Find the words in the text which mean the same as the definitions:

1. a group of TV programmes (series)

2. A person who leads a TV programme (presenter)

3. a person who takes part in a TV competition show (contestant)

4. the number of people who watch a TV programme (viewing figures)

5. the people who a TV programme (viewers)

6. to show /send out a television programme ( broadcast)

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-Complete the text with the words in the box

Series           contestants        celebrities      presenter 

viewing figures   episode  audience   viewers sitcoms

A programme that is very popular worldwide, but started on British TV, is the quiz show Who wants to be a millionar.? Each week, the ………(1) asks questions o0n general knowledge, and the …………(2) has to answer them and try to win a million pounds. There is an …………(3) in the TV studio, and the programme gets millions of ……….(4) at home too.

Detective ………….(5) are very popular in Britain and so are soup operas. A soup opera tells a story about ordinary people, and there is usually something dramatic in each  …………(6) . ………..(7) like Friends also tell a story, but are much funnier than soaps. They usually get very high ……….. (8), sometimes 10 million people or more. The stars often become ………..(9).



  1. Would you like to be a contestant on a reality TV show? Why/why not?
  2. Would you like to go back in time to your parents’ education system?


 IV. Presentation

You have some ideas about Reality Shows. Present them now.

(pupils make their own presentations)


V. Consolidation stage.

Grammar make/let/be allowed to.

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-Open your books at page 53 and read the sentences from the text. Point out the  structures of make someone do something, translate them.

 (Students find other examples  of the structures in the text.)

—         What is the rule of using these structures?

—         Now do the task from your electron textbook.


VI. Conclusion.

So, we’ve learned a lot information abou TV shows. Help us to learn more about the world around, to become more intelligent. So? I should say, that «obtain information, obtain the world»


Giving the marks and home task.

Your marks for today are …

You were …. (fine, bad). The lesson is over. Good – bye!




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