Mihaela Enez Mihaela Enez

Elementary level


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about house description in the context of swaping houses for the holiday

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of adjectives in the context of swaping houses for the holiday


Lead-in (5-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher brings a colorful envelope and slowly reveals a picture of a house. Ss have to guess what the picture is about.After Ss guess T will write on the board 3 questions for students to answer: Where do you live? Do you live in a house or a flat? What's your house/flat like?Teacher demonstrates with the help of one student asking this questions to her.T will pair the students and tell them who asks who answers. After T asks some ICQ to check they know who does what in their pair and signals the start. Activity should take around 3 minutes.

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T writes on the board words that students didn't understood or know while they were describing their house to their pair. Elicits their meaning with the help of some extra sentences. After to check if they understood T gives Ss a handout and writes an example on the board and answers it with the help of a student. Students have to stick the images to the correct places and write the correct words from TL under it. Students get to check as pair. Teacher writes the correct answers on the board.

Gist task (10-12 minutes) • Enable students to skim a text with the purpose of understanding the general idea, i.e. houseswap

Teacher writes on the board the words House swap and gives students the second small text. T asks students to read the word and after the text and discuss as a pair what can House swap be. Elicit answers on the board. Choose the correct answer. If students. If Ss didn't understood then T will put 2 pictures on the board and labels one of them ‘my house in Romania’ .After T labels the second picture ‘Handan’s house in Bodrum’ .T will say ‘I want to have a holiday in Bodrum and Handan wants to have a holiday in Romania. What can we do?Maybe go to a hotel or rent a flat or...Talk together and think of one idea. Choose a speaker. You have 2 minutes to think.Student get to discuss again as pairs but in different groups and choose one idea to present in front of the whole class.

While-Reading (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T explaing students that they will get a text, they have to read it very fast and try to match the sentences with the proper image. The game will be played in teams of 3 or 4 people and the team that finishes first wins.Teacher demonstrates one of the matching by acting as it reads the text and after looks at the house and realises they match so she groups them together. After T gives students small cards with sentences on and small cards with images of houses. Ss work together and try to match. T checkes the final result and announces the winner.

While-Reading (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

T asks students to read the text again and decide if they are true or not. If they are false Ss should write the correct sentence next to it.T gives an example on the board. After they will check their answers as a pair. T gives students key for them to check themselves, and asks if there's an answer they don't understand . If Ss say no then T just elicits the ones he monitored and saw students found difficult.

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

T asks students to think of the five houses that they read about and decide on one that they would like for their holliday.T gives an example to students how they should do it and demonstrates the activity. Ss have to mingle and find in the class another person who chosed the same house as them by asking questions related to the house of the announcement.

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