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Reading -
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practice the receptive skills of reading for gist and details with a text about, a website which allows people to trade houses. Difficult vocab and word blockers will be pre-taught to enable an easier comprehension of the text. The productive skill of freer speaking will be practiced towards the end of the lesson.


Abc text, pictures and exercises

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about house descriptions in the context of the website

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the website


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show ss 3 pictures of different luxury homes. T writes on board: You can go on holidays to one of these houses. Which one? Why? Ss discuss in pairs FB WC

Pre-teach key vocab (3-5 minutes) • To prepare ss for the reading with key vocab

Elicit and ask CCQs for the following key vocab: Swap CCQs: (swop the name tags of 2 ss) did I swop your name tags? Yes. (Hold up a pen) can we swop pens? yes. Database CCQs: (ask ss who has facebook) Do you have photos on facebook? Yes. Where are those photos stored? on a database. Can you read a book on the internet? Yes. Where does the book come from? A database. Noisy CCQs: is the street noisy? Yes. Quiet CCQs: Is a mosque quiet? Yes. Cottage CCQs: is a cottage big or small? Small. Is a cottage usually in the city? No. Flat CCQs: Is a house a flat? No. Are there usually lots of flats next to each other? Yes.

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

Prediction task: Give ss picture and website. SS discuss in pairs what they think the website is for. FB: WC Ex1: Give ss introduction to the houseswap web page. SS read solo and then discuss in pairs any new ideas about what the website is for. FB: WC and ask CCQs (e.g. is the website only for houses? No. Do you think it's also for flats? Yes. Is it for any sort of home? Yes)

While-Reading #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist reading task

Ex 2: Ss read the main text solo and match the pictures of homes to the descriptions in the text. FB: compare in pairs. Answer key on board. Answer key: 1 B 2 A 3 D 4 E 5 C

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging reading task

Ex 3: Ss read the text again and decide if the sentences are true or false. Solo. FB: compare in pairs. The answer key is under ss chairs. Answer key: 1 T 2 F (It’s big.) 3 F (It’s in Scotland.) 4 F (It’s in the mountains.) 5 F (It’s big.) 6 T 7 F (It’s behind a market.) 8 F (It’s a little noisy.) Extra activity (if time allows) Ex. 4

Post-Reading - Speaking (10-13 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned with freer speaking practice.

(If time allows- have ss do this brief freer speaking activity before the main speaking task below). In pairs, ss discuss which of the 5 homes on houseswap they would like for a holiday. Give Ss a blank piece of paper and ask them to write their name and a brief description of their home (and a little picture for fun). Ss walk around and tell each other about their home. They should find someone to swop homes with. Then they can tell each other about their new home. T writes a few helpful words on the board: This is my home. It's... big/small; where?; close to?; flat or house? Would you like to swop houses? Yes, OK or no, thanks FB WC If time allows: Ss repeat the activity but this time with a made-up home.

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