Larry Klein Larry Klein

Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, the focus is on reading and speaking in the context of the 'Internet Firsts'. The students will read about different aspects of the internet and when the were first 'popularized'. They also discuss what they use the internet for and how it plays a part in their lives.


Abc Lead-in pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a text about Five Internet Firsts in the context of Our Interactive World

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the internet and internet firsts.


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will show both fake 'vintage' internet photos and more recent representations to highlight the modernity of the internet. What was life like before the internet? (cavemen picture)

Pre-Reading (6-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ss work in pairs to discuss the question 'What do you use the internet for?'. Several answers are written on the WB. Project slide of 'Introduction' paragraph. How do their notes match? In groups Ss discuss for one minute 'How did it all begin?' Each group is asked their ideas.

Pre-teach Vocabulary (5-5 minutes) • To pre-teach vocabulary that will help the ss better understand the text.

Vocabulary to pre-teach includes: access, replicate, archive, estimate, ignite, and forerunner. Vocabulary will be elicited by using definitions. CCQs

While-Reading (6-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

Ss are distributed as evenly as possible to each table. All five texts of Five Internet Firsts are distributed to each group. The five headings are given to the groups and they first work together to match the headings to the numbered texts. Answers are written on WB as feedback.

While-Reading #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more specific and detailed reading tasks

Pass out additional texts to each table/group so that each table now has just one text to read. Set task. Students work alone. Set a 5 minute time limit. Hand out worksheets to ss with space to write answers for the following information: The names and nationalities of the people What and where was the first Important dates and events in its history Any other interesting information (Tell ss to add any missing information to their notes). Ss talk to each other and peer check their answers. Monitoring but no FB is given at this stage.

Post-Reading (8-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss will be regrouped so that one student from each group is represented in the new group. Ss discuss the information they gathered from their particular text. Answers elicited from ss onto WB Monitor and error correction

Post-Reading (7-7 minutes) • To provide additional speaking fluency practice in the topic

Ss discuss how the internet has changed their lives. How was the world before the internet? Monitor and error correction

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