Drew Bassett Drew Bassett

Upper-Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide deduction, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about poem about a journey in the context of travel

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation or exchange in the context of journeys and travel


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

As a warmer, I will write the following quotes on the board. "Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer." and "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey." I will ask students to think about the quotes for a moment and then give me their thoughts and opinions on the meanings of the quotes. Do they have similar meanings? If there is not much interaction or we need to fill the time a bit, I can tell a bit about my own perception of the meaning in my life.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

As a pre-listening task, students will be exposed to some of the language that may be unfamiliar or that needs to be reviewed in the form of a matching exercise followed by a gap-fill activity. Students will check their answers with a partner. I will monitor to make sure that there is a general level of overall understanding, helping any students who seem lost or confused.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Students will watch/listen to the video of the poem Ithaca by C.P. Cavafy, narrated by Sean Connery. They will listen for specific information in the poem by filling in the blanks, correctly completing the lines in the poem as heard in the audio.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Students will now find a partner to form a team and and work together to see if they have all the answers right. The idea is that this is a race! I will stand at the front of the room only checking to see if the answers are correct, sending the students with any incorrect answers back to work on their worksheet. The first team to complete all of the activities are the champions!

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

After a discussion about the meaning of the poem and the opinions of the students, they will be asked to complete a reflection task based on the target language in the poem that was looked at. Students will each get a template of a blank postcard, on which they are to write a postcard to themselves 20 years from now. In the message, they will express their wishes or hopes for their own life's journey.

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