Kate Kate

Reading Lesson - Relationships
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice their reading comprehension skills with a passage from the textbook (New Inside Out - Intermediate, p. 20) about relationships. They will identify key points in the text and also learn some new vocabulary. Students will also strengthen their speaking skills through warm-up discussions about relationships in the beginning and then a discussion relating to a picture of a family member or friend they brought to class.


Abc New Inside Out
Abc Personal photographs

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about relationships.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of personal photographs.


Warm-up (5-6 minutes) • To engage the students.

I will ask the students to discuss in pairs what they think is the best way to meet your life partner (or new friends) in Istanbul for 2 minutes. Students will then report some ideas, which I will list on the board. Then, if there is time, I will have a class vote to see what they think is the best way.

Reading lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To get students thinking about relationships, and interested in the text.

I will tell students to open their books to p. 20. I'll tell them to not read the text, then ask them to look at the first picture. I'll ask them to talk about what the people in the photograph's relationship is in pairs for 4 minutes. (Here I will do ICQs: "Are you going to read the text?" "Are you going to look at the picture?" "Which picture?") I'll get answers from volunteers, then tell them if they are correct or not. If they are not correct, they have to wait to read the passage. We'll do that for each photograph.

New vocabulary in the text (5-8 minutes) • To help students figure out the more difficult words and phrases in the text.

Students will be pre-taught the following words and phrases: - From picture 1: messing about, identical twins, like chalk and cheese. - Picture 2: moment, frowning. - Picture 3: television series - Picture 4: I'm sponsoring a child, Action Aid, precious, remind I will give students a handout with the vocabulary on one side, and the definitions on the other. They will have to match the words and definitions. They can work in pairs. If they have difficulties with words in the definitions ("charity") I will explain them verbally. I will explain charity by referencing the hurricane in the Philippines. When you give money to the Red Cross or Kızılay, this is charity.

Reading for gist (5-6 minutes) • To get students to read the text for general information.

I will now give students 4 minutes (1 minute per photograph) to read the text. I will tell them that they don't have to understand every word. The question to answer is: who are the people in the picture? After they are finished, I will ask them if they were correct in their guesses and check their answers.

Reading for specific information (5-8 minutes) • To get students to scan the text for specific information

I will direct the students to number 2, below the photographs. I will say that each sentence (a, b, c, etc.) comes from one of the sections, and to match the letter to the person. I'll say that the first answer is there, and ask them what it is. Then I'll have them underline the sentence in Bruce's paragraph. They'll do the same for the rest in pairs. We'll then check answers.

Speaking practice (10-15 minutes) • To get students to speak about the picture they have brought to class with a partner.

I'll then take out my own picture. I won't tell the students anything other than to ask me questions. I'll write their questions on the board. I'm looking for: - What's his/her name? - Who is s/he? - How do you know him/her? - What does s/he do? - Where does s/he live? - Where was the photograph taken? Next I'll ask students to take out their own photographs. I'll tell them to ask questions first, then answer. (ICQs here: "Are you going to talk first, or ask questions first?") If time, students will tell the class about their partner's picture.

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