Australia Reading Lesson
Intermediate B1 level
To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a travel blog post text about Australia
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of travel to Australia
Procedure (30-48 minutes)
Show Ss pictures on the projector. Ask Ss where these pictures have been taken, eliciting 'Australia.' Put Ss into small groups and ask them to share everything they know about Australia. Give each group a copy of HO1 with various categories to stimulate the discussion.
Have Ss from each group report out about their discussion of Australia.
Tell Ss they are going to read a text about Ausralia, but first you'll look at some vocabulary. Show Ss HO2 and tell them to decide if they know and can give an example, think they know but can't give an example, or don't know and put the words in the appropriate column.
Put the Ss into two lines facing one another. Ask the Ss to talk with the person across from them about their 'think I know' or 'don't know' words. Approximately every thirty seconds have one row of Ss move down the line and switch partners.
Ask Ss if there are any remaining words in their 'don't know' columns. Answer any questions about the vocabulary.
Check that Ss know what a 'web diary' or 'blog' is. Tell them they are going to read one about a trip to Australia. Show Ss the reading and the questions in exercise 1 on HO3. Tell Ss to read the first part only and quickly to answer the questions. Pass out HO3.
Ask the Ss to check their answers with a partner.
Elicit answers to the questions in exercise 1 to ensure Ss have understood the context of the blog and why it was written.
Have Ss read the second part of the text on their own. Tell them to underline the descriptive adjectives that they read. Post True/False Gallery Walk questions while Ss are reading.
Give each student an adjective cut-up from HO4 and ask them to mingle with the other Ss to find their match - the adjective to what it corresponds to in the text. When Ss have finished display the correct matches on the w/b.
Pair the Ss with a new partner. Ask the Ss to walk around the room answer the true/false posted on the walls questions together. Instruct groups to sit down when they are finished and give them a copy of the answer key to check their answers, HO5.
Put the Ss into groups and distribute HO6. Ask them to discuss the questions in their groups. Monitor the discussions and write down good language and that which requires reformulation.
Point out good language that the Ss used. Prompt any corrections or reformulations necessary.