Apryl Haynes Apryl Haynes

Reading Lesson
Elementary level


This lesson sets context for the two following lessons. The reading text includes examples of the target language that will be used in the next stage. Students will be given a reading-focused lesson in the context of houseswapping.


Main Aims

  • The main aim is To give Ss practice in listening for gist, specific information & detail. To give Ss semi-controlled speaking practice & the opportunity to practice simple present.
  • The main aim is to give students practice in reading for gist, specific infornation and detail in the context of houseswap.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification for new vocabulary and review past vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (7-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Setup the task: Tell students they will watch a clip from one of your favorite movies, "The Holiday". Tell them they will watch the clip and Show the clip from the movie "The Holiday" in which two characters are online figuring out how to do a house swap. Have three possible one-sentence summaries written on the board of what the clip is about. Watch Clip #1 from "The Holiday" GW: Have students speak in groups about which summary they think best fits what they just watched. Why? (2 min) FB: Check their answers as a whole class.

Pre-Reading/Listening (9-11 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Introduce the text: Give students an idea of what the text will be. Tell the students, "You will be reading a text that describes different types of houses in different parts of the world - where the houses are and what they are like." Pre-teach the vocabulary: Teach "holiday" - Write the word "holiday" on the board. Start by saying, "When my husband and I want a break and want to leave Iraq for a little while, sometimes we come to Istanbul on holiday." Ask them what they think holiday means. Teach "swap" - Write the word Swap on the board. Take something in your hand and go around the room to different desks exchanging items with students and saying, "I'd like to swap (this) for (this)."... etc. Ask the students what they think "swap" means. Return the items and use the same type of actions and words as above. Teach "houseswap" - Write houseswap. Draw a few houses on the board. In one write your name and in the others (on the other side of the board) write three students names. Draw stick figures and an airplane (whatever is necessary) to illustrate houseswap. (Don't use a lot of word explanation) Ask them what they think "houseswap" might mean. Quickly teach "big, small, quiet, noisy, old, new, lovely, horrible" through flash cards of different houses that match the descriptions. Elicit by asking the students questions like, "Is this house big or small?" etc. HO1: Show the students handout 1 and and tell them, "You will be working in pairs.choosing opposites of words. Have the words written on the board and do an example with them. ICQ. Pairwork: Pairs do handout together. FB: Have the students give answers to you while drawing lines between words on the board.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

READING FOR GIST: Introduce the text and the task: "You are going to read some text from a website. I have written on the board 3 things this text could be about. Only one of the things I've written is correct. You will read the text quickly (1 min.) and think about what the text is about. Students read (alone). (1 min) Pairwork: "Now, in pairs, talk about what you think this text is about. Which one of the choices on the board is correct? Why? FB: Ask one group which they think is correct. Do the other groups agree? Why or why not?

While-Reading/Listening #2 (11-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

READING FOR DETAIL: Introduce the task: HO2 - Chest the exercise and tell students, "You are now going to read what some of the people on the houseswapping website wrote about their houses. You will match the descriptions in the text to the pictures of the houses." Do one example with them. ICQ. ALONE: They will read the text and do the task (4-6 min) PW: Students work in pairs to check the answers with their partners. (2-3 min) FB: Ask the students questions from pieces of each text. Ex: "Muhadder, which house is in Notting Hill?"

Post-Reading/Speaking (10-11 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Set the task: "You are now going to watch another clip from the movie The Holiday. As you watch the two women on holiday, look at the houses they are in. Think about which house YOU would rather live in during holiday. Why?" Play clip #2 from "The Holiday" PW: Have students discuss in new pairs or in groups of 3 which house they would most like to stay in. Why? (2min) FB: Who wanted to stay in the big house in America? Why? (Get feedback) Who wanted to stay in the cottage house in the UK? (Get feedback)

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