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Dream Homes
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 (3-5 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 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.

Pre-Reading (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-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.

While-Reading; Task 1 and 2 (13-15 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. -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.

While-Reading; Task 3 (12-15 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 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.

Post-Reading/Listening (3-5 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 whole class feedback.

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