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.
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.
Procedure (34-45 minutes)
-Play hangman to elicit Dream Homes. -Show pictures of different accommodation. -Students will work in pairs, ask them if any of these houses 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 task 1 (show slide 2) and ask if there are any words they don’t know; check whole class and deal with any unknown vocabulary.
-For pre-reading vocabulary, each student will have a word or picture cutout. -Students will match the following words with their pictures: scenery, region, cabin (using the picture from the first stage), community, communal, vacation, resident, vote. -Once they've found their match, they have to stick the picture and word on the board and sit with their new partner. – Drill the words and check for understanding.
-Tell students they’ll read an article from a magazine about a place called Paradise Ridge. -Students will scan the text and guess which part of the magazine it came from – show PowerPoint slide for the choices. Let them vote for the answer and then give the answer. -Work in pairs, focus students on the sentences in task 2 and ask them to read the text again. see if they can remember which of the information is mentioned – students discuss the sentences together. The answer key can be found at the bottom of the page. They can check their answers after discussing their answers.
-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 with the whole class and see if all the students agree or have any other ideas. -Tell students they’ll listen to some residents talking about Paradise Ridge and see if they've mentioned the same disadvantages – or different ones.
-In pairs, ask students if they would like to live in Paradise Ridge? Why or why not? Then get whole class feedback.