Robert McAskill Robert McAskill

Reading about animals lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will read about animals to learn new vocabulary and set the context for the following lessons.


Abc Reading Text Handout
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Main Aims

  • To practice reading for gist and detail using texts about animals

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce students to vocabulary in the context of animals and pet owners


Lead In (3-5 minutes) • To introduce students to animals and pets and clarify the context of the lesson

- Introduce the lesson bay asking WC questions about animals, e.g. Do you have a favourite animal?, Do you have a pet? - Show the class pictures on a PPT of unusual things people do with their pets. Have pairs decide what those unusual things are, why they are unusual and have they or a friend ever done them - Brainstorm class ideas on the WB

Pre-teach vocabulary (5-8 minutes) • To pre-teach vocabulary students will need to understand the text and complete the task

- Do a matching exercise and HO a list of difficult vocab and give SS 1 minute to try check the meaning of the words in groups - HO the definitions mixed up and give SS 3 minutes in their groups to match the vocab to the definitions - HO the answer key for SS to check themselves - Show 4 difficult animals they will read about on the board and give the students clues to guess what those animals might be

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To encourage SS to read for gist and get a general overview of the text

- SS will be given 1 different text each to read in groups of 3 and they will only read that text - SS will read the text quickly and try to understand the main idea - SS stand up and find another SS who has read the same text and discuss what they think it is about - Show 3 summaries of the texts on the WB and have students choose which relates to their story with their partner

Reading for specific info (10-15 minutes) • To familiarise the learners with the text

- SS read their text in more detail for 3 minutes - SS tell the other members of their group about their text for 1-2 minutes - SS find the similarities in the text in their groups - SS check ideas with their partner from the previous activity - Write the SS ideas on the board to share with the whole class

Reading for detail (10-15 minutes) • To read for detailed comprehension and to understand the text in depth

- SS turn their texts face down - Give SS HO with questions about the texts to answer individually - SS read all the texts to check their answers - SS talk to their groups to check they had the same answers - Direct SS to answer key to ensure the answers are correct

Post-reading task (speaking task) (5-8 minutes) • To allow an opportunity to react to the text and personalise the topic

- SS find their partners from the previous activity and discuss two question on the WB about the topic for 2 minutes - SS walk around the class talking to other students about their most interesting experience of animals or pets (give a personal example to encourage interaction)

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