Rio de Janeiro
intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide writing practice of a news article in the context of world news

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide reading practice using a text about giving away Twitter accounts in the context of world news


Warm-up (2-3 minutes) • To familiarize sts with the topic

T tags the four news headlines and the pictures from "warm-up" H/O for the sts to match

Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To prepare sts for the text

T makes the list of vocabulary (from lexis match H/O) into stripes. Each student, if possible, is given one piece of paper of either the term or the definition. Sts will have to walk around listening to others saying what they have on their piece of paper until they find the match. T will be monitoring and giving feedback.

Gist reading (10-12 minutes) • To have sts understand the general ideas of the text

T hands over the three pieces of the text from "order the paragraphs" H/O to each group of three. Sts do them and check with the other groups. T gives feedback writing the correct order on the WB.

Reading for details (12-14 minutes) • To provide sts with a close reading task

T hands over the "full article" H/O for sts to read it individually and do the True/ False exercise from the True/ False H/O. Sts check in pairs then T hands over the key.

Grammar (7-9 minutes) • To elicit grammar for news

T projects/ hands over the "Grammar" H/O to each st. They have to match the "grammar tense" to the "sample sentence" to the use of it. Sts can come to match them on the WB. T elicits

Writing (18-21 minutes) • To give sts the chance to practice semi-controlled writing following the model reading structure

T asks sts to write a short piece of news using the following structures: 1. Simple present for the headline and subtitle. 2. Present perfect simple to tell the news. 3. Simple past to relate the piece of news to a past event.

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