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Pre-Intermediate, A2/B1 level


In this lesson, students practice reading through an article about a wildlife park experience. The lesson starts with a discussion about wildlife parks and zoos. This is followed by a gist reading where students read and answer questions. Finally there is some controlled practice through reading for specific information and freer practice via a speaking activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about face-to-face with a gorilla in the context of wildlife

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of wildlife facts


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ss already learnt what wildlife means. I show some pictures from a wildlife park and try to elicit 'wildlife'. I hand out two small color coded sheets with 2 questions on each. We discuss the questions.

Pre-Reading (6-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I pre-teach the vocabulary items (cut down, species, extinct, disappear, national park) they might need for the reading task (M/P/F).

While-Reading #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task

I tell the students that they will be reading a text about a wildlife experience - a gorilla tour. I group the students and every group gets a name. I choose the names from my previous lesson on adjectives. Within their groups students discuss two questions: Is the 'gorilla tour' expensive? & Was Kathryn frightened by the gorillas? Every group writes down their guesses on the board. I tell the students to quickly go over the text and check if they got the answer right.

While-Reading #2 (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with specific information reading task

I give the students a HO with numbers and tell them to read the text to find what those numbers represent. After students read the text, they work in pairs and compare answers. Finally, we go over the answers as a WC feedback.

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

I am using ex.2c from the book. I will ask the students which facts about the text they think are surprising. They work in pairs and discuss.

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