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TP 3: Dream Homes - Reading, Speaking, Listening
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about different types of accommodation and living preferences. They'll be reading about Paradise Ridge; a magazine article about living in a closed community in the Canadian mountains.


Main Aims

  • To give students practice in reading; in particular to skim reading for gist, scanning for specific information and deducing meaning from context through the context of accomodation and living preferences.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students practice in adjectives (or phrases) in the context of places to live. To provide fluency speaking practice.
  • To give students practice in listening for specific information through the context of accommodation's disadvantages.


Warmer/Lead-in (6-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-Play hangman to elicit Dream Homes. -Show pictures of different accommodation. -Students will work in pairs, ask them if any of them would be their dream home/s and why/why not. Ask them to describe their dream home. Get general feedback. -Students will work in groups, ask students what they think of where they live now . Tell students to quickly read through the sentences in Speaking ex 1 (show slide 2) and ask if there are any words they don’t know. Check w/c and deal with any unknown vocab.

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-For pre-reading vocabulary, students will match the following words with their pictures: scenery, region, cabin (using the picture from the first stage), community, communal, vacation, resident, vote – drill some of the trickier items.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

-Tell students they’ll read an article from a magazine about a place called Paradise Ridge. -Work in pairs, tell them to read quickly & say what part of the magazine it comes from – show PowerPoint slide for the choices. Get general feedback and say the answer. -Work in pairs, focus students on the sentences in ex 2 and ask them to read the text again. see if they can remember which of the information is mentioned – Ss discuss the sentences together. The answer key can be found at the bottom of the page. They can check their answers.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

-Students will work in groups, they need to think of three disadvantages of living in a place like Paradise Ridge. They need to write their answers on the worksheet and assign one student to write their answer on the whiteboard. -Look at the disadvantage w/c - & see if all the students agree – have any other ideas. -Tell students they’ll listen to some residents talking about Paradise Ridge - & see if they mention disadvantages – or different ones.

Post-Reading/Listening (2-4 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

-In pairs, ask students if they would like to live in Paradise Ridge? Why or why not? Then get general feedback.

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