Carina Middlebrooks Carina Middlebrooks

Teaching Practice 2a Animals
Intermediate B2 level


In this lesson, STS will look at people who have a strange relationship with their pets. The lesson will start with a discussion about pet owners, followed by a jigsaw activity discussing past habits. STS will practice reading for gist and detail. In a group STS will then share their stories and discuss similarities. STS will answer as many Q's about their partners text without looking. Lesson will end with post reading task about the owners personalities. STS will also learn new vocabulary in the context of strong reactions and animals.


Abc Ex 2, reading activity
Abc Ex 1, questions activity
Abc Ex 3, group discussion activity
Abc Ex 4, Q & A
Abc ex 5, Q and A Clarification activity

Main Aims

  • To practise reading for gist and detail

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce students to vocabulary in the context of strong reactions, animals and pet owners.


Warmer/Lead-in - - pets and unusual pet owners. (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Image 1 - show image of pet owner Ask STS what the image is Q's - Is anyone in this room a pet owner? (make reference to Istanbul's love of Cats) Image 2 - Show image of an unusual pet owner. Ask STS if there is anything unusual or strange about image. Introduce lesson context - unusual pet owners Exercise 1, PW Students to read text in pairs and answer questions. Q STS - Did you find out anything interesting from your partner?

Pre-Reading/Listening - pre-teach vocal (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teach the following vocabulary and phrases ahead of reading task. To put it mildly, napkin, indulge, banished, Opossum, Dingo, Kiwi, Red Setter, Ingratitude Will use definitions and pictures to ensure understanding. Will practice pron. with following words; Opossum, Kiwi, Ingratitude

Gist/reading activity (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ex 2 - reading activity, group work Put STS in groups of three and assign each one a number 1,2, 3 Each STS has an individual text to read (STS cannot read each others) In groups, sts match the statement to the pictures on the WB WB answers 1 C, 2 A, 3 B

Report story (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with the opportunity to talk and share understanding

Ex 3. in groups STS to share their story with group STS to discuss the similarities between the three characters Answers: All men, all eccentric, loved animals, all dead, none appear to have worked

Detail exercise (8-10 minutes) • listening/understanding task

Ex 4 in groups STS to turn their texts face down from memory, STS to answer Q's 1-6 about their partners' texts without looking at the text Then, STS read all three of the texts to check their answers. recap answers with STS 1, Adolphus Cooke 2. Lionel Walker 3. Francis Henry Egerton 4, Adolphus Cooke 5 Francis Henry Egerton 4. Lionel Walker

Post-Reading task (3-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

ex 5 Class discussion STS to discuss Q's in task 5 Display ex 5 on WB, to STS understand meaning of mad in this context Q's; 'Do you think these three pet owners were mad or just eccentric?' 'Which of the three do you think behaved most strangely?'

Personalisation (2-3 minutes) • STS to connect the reading to their own experience

Ask STS following Q's; Do you know anyone who is 'crazy about' their pets? Or are you an animal lover?

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