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Unusual Achievements-Reading and Vocabulary
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss are given practice in the skill of reading about unusual achievement about 5 different people for gist. The lesson starts with a discussion about pictures they see on their HOs and Ss are expected to guess what the people have achieved. This is followed by a group arrangement which Ss are given one of the paragraphs to read and summarise each others in pairs. Finally, there is some controlled practice through working on related vocabulary and speaking as a WC activity.


Abc Cunningham,Sarah. New Cutting Edge, Upper-Intermediate, Pearson Longman, 2015

Main Aims

  • To give Ss practice in the skill of reading for gist and speaking fluency in the context of achievements.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce related vocabulary


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To get Ss attention through pictures and ask them to talk about what they think about titles of the articles.

Engage Ss by asking them to look at the title and the pictures, and ask if they can guess what the people have achieved. Ex.1, pg.52.

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare Ss for the text and make it accessible

Put Ss into groups of 5 (if the number do not add up, any close number of Ss will do.). Give every student one of the paragraphs to read and in the same groups tell them to summarise that person's achievement to the other Ss. Ex.2, pg.52. Monitor and help if necessary.

Controlled Practice (18-20 minutes) • To work on the related vocabulary

Tell Ss to work individually to do ex.3, pg.52. If necessary, check the meaning of the words in bold. Once Ss have had enough time to answer, put them in pairs to compare and explain their opinions. Encourage Ss to give full sentences. Monitor and help if necessary.

Post-Reading (7-9 minutes) • To have Ss talk in pairs

Ask the question in ex.4b to the whole class, then put the Ss in pairs to discuss. Encourage Ss to give opinions. Monitor and help if necessary.

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