Ali Farzadian Ali Farzadian

upper-intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn about animals and pet owners. The lesson starts with a small talk about pet owners and the way they treat their pets. This is followed by a reading activity. Finally students will tell the stories they read to their friends to choose the strangest story in the group.


Main Aims

  • To practice reading for gist and detail.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Introduce students to vocabulary in the context of animals and pet owners.


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

Students will be put in groups of 3 to discuss the following questions: 1) Do you own or would you like to have a pet at home? If yes what animal, If no why? 2) what benefits and what disadvantages does pet ownership come with? 3) Who is a good pet owner?

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

A photo consisting 3 pets and pet owners will be given out and students are asked to discuss and find what is strange about the photos.

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

I give them 3 stories and they read quickly to find the photo related to their story and check the strange points they discussed.

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

1) There are some highlighted words on their handouts and I ask them to guess the meaning in pairs, then I give them the related definitions to match with the highlighted words. 2) I ask them to tell their story to their group. 3) I give them some questions to discuss the answers without looking at their friend's story. 4) I ask them to read their friend's story and check their answers. 5) I give them feedback along with error corection

Post-Reading/Listening (7-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

I ask them to discuss the following question in pars. " Do you think these three pet owners were mad or just eccentric? Which of the three do you think behaved most strangely?" Then I give them some feedback and correct some possible mispronunciations.

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