Annette Frost Annette Frost

Receptive Skills and Vocab Lesson: Travel and Negotiations
B1 level


In this lesson, students will practice their receptive reading and listening skills. They will read for gist, specific info, and a little bit of detail. They will use their reading to make a prediction for the brief listening task. After reading and listening, the students will learn about idioms based on one introduced in the text "now or never". After the idioms are clarified through a game (and if time allows), the students will have a freer productive practice where they create a dialogue connecting the content of the reading with the new vocabulary.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about problem-solving in the context of Travel and Negotiation

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide a short detailed listening practice that concludes the reading practice: hearing the punchline. This aim will spur the fluency speaking exercise of discussion about the ending.
  • To provide review and practice of idioms: "now or never" in the context of travel, choices, and making deals


Lead-in/Pre-teaching Vocab (6-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Used Car; Make a Deal; Value What is this? A car. Is it new? No. Is it really really old? No. If I want to sell it will someone buy it? Yes. If I offer to sell, and someone agrees to buy it, what have we done? (made a deal) Is every deal equal for both sides? (no) If I sell my car to my friend for very little money, my friend got a great deal, and I got an okay deal. It's important to know the value of the thing you want to make a deal over. We talked a lot about travel yesterday. Today we are going to go a little deeper into the trip.

While-Reading #1 (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist task

The first time you read this HO; I want you to ask yourself: What is the biggest problem Nick encounters on his trip? [WRITE THIS QUESTION ON THE BOARD] While you read, think about this, and please note down your answer. You will have 2 minutes to read and decide. ICQ: Do you have to read every word to get a sense of this? (no) ICQ: Do you need a dictionary during a 2 minute reading exercise? (no) Discuss - does everyone agree?

While-Reading #2 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed readings/listening tasks

First time you read to get the big picture; this time I want everyone to read for the details. In pairs, please re-read the story and answer the questions on the page. You will have 5 minutes. Discuss answers and predictions for the ending.

Post-Reading Listening (5-6 minutes) • To shift the media from print to audio (and to give a punchline to the story)

WRITE ON BOARD: What did the mechanic discover about Nick's bike? Was it fair of him to purchase the bike the way he did? With these two questions in your mind, listen to this last audio clip. Discuss: CCQ: Did Nick know the bike was from James Dean?

Post-Reading Vocabulary Activity (10-14 minutes) • To review the meaning of 5 idioms and connect them with the reading content

What thought did Nick have before he left on his trip that made him decide to leave right away? 'now or never.' CCQ: Can you do this later if you don’t do it now? (no) CCQ: Will you get a second chance to do it? (no) CCQ: Do you have the opportunity to do it now? (yes) What is this called? An idiom. Underline the whole phrase to show it should not be broken up. RE-GROUP (Colorado, Denver, Elvis, Motorbike,) Use the matching game to complete the idiom puzzle in your groups. Pass out definitions and add the definition to the puzzle. Feedback and clarify. CCQs (on teacher handout).

Post-Vocab Speaking Practice Activity (7-10 minutes) • To practice using the vocab just reviewed in the context of the reading

Hold up SIGNED JERSEY HANDOUTS - what is this?. I want you to get in partners and try to sell this to your partner. You need the money. Have the class count to whatever half their number is (12). Divide into partners. Every other person gets one HO. Using the reading, and the idioms, enact your own dialogue of making a deal selling this shirt using as many idioms as you can.

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