Amira Amira

Reading and Vocabulary
Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss will practise reading and speaking in the context of nights out (The great international night out). The lesson starts with a discussion about the way they spend their time out. This is followed by reading for specific information where ss read and complete a set of given sentences. Finally, there's a controlled speaking activity where ss work in groups.


Abc Whiteboard
Abc Handouts
Abc Pictures
Abc Cutting Edge Intermediate

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, ss will have practised reading for specific information.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise controlled speaking.


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

To use a powerpoint slide with "Holiday - Weekend - Friends" written in it and elicit the activities the ss do when they are spending time out (go to the cinema - go out for a coffee - go dancing - have dinner in a restaurant - go to a karaoke bar - watch live music - go for a walk - go for a pizza - go to a bar). To ask the ss to choose their top 3 from the above activities. (Why?)

Pre-Reading (pre-teaching vocabluary) (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible through pre-teaching vocabulary.

Pre-teach: banned - ingredient - applaud - unwind - tone deaf - a craze (n) To rely on pictures so that the ss can guess the words. ---> Elicit - CCQs - Drill.

While-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The ss will be given only the introductory paragraph of the article and they will be asked to identify which activities are mentioned in the paragraph (from the activities discussed in the lead-in) and which countries do they associate these activities with? Then, the ss will be given a box with phrases in it and they will be asked which of the three activities do they associate the phrases with? (to draw 3 columns on the W/B) ---> Demo & ICQs set time-limit for the activity. Pair check.

Reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • To read for specific information.

The ss will be given handouts with incomplete sentences written on them and they will be given 30secs to read those sentneces. Then, they will be given the rest of the article/ text to scan read it and complete the sentneces (set time-limit 90secs). ----> Demo & ICQs ---->Monitor. Pair check. Answer keys (if needed)

Controlled practice: Speaking (10-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The class will be divided into 3 groups. Each group will be given a scrap of paper with a topic (related to reading text) to discuss in groups. (5-6mins). ----> Monitoring The groups will be mixed again in a way that ensures that every group contains at least one member from the 3 previous groups and a new discussion will be generated where each group discusses the 3 different topics (instead of 1). ----->DEMO ----> Monitoring.

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