Simon Stephenson Simon Stephenson

Lesson 5
Beginner A1 level


This is a reading lesson where students will do a jigsaw reading about two hostels and then find out about the hostel they didn't read about from a partner. The main focus of the lesson will be on the receptive task of reading, with a subsidiary focus on the productive task of speaking, and also a small focus on vocabulary.


Abc Reading in depth exercise and verbal questions
Abc Definition word match
Abc Jigsaw Questions
Abc OHP Slides
Abc Jigsaw readings A and B

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in reading for gist, specific information and detail, in the context of a job interview for an au pair.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Vocabulary and to provide speaking practice for fluency.


Lead-In (3-5 minutes) • To activate students background schemata about hotels and hostels

-T show pictures from hotel on OHP, ask what it is -T shows pictures from a hostel, tries to elicit the word hostel -Ss discuss questions from OHP for a few minutes: -Who goes to hostels, young people or old people? -Are they cheap or expensive? -Have you stayed in a hostel? Was it good or bad?

Pre-Teaching Words (2-3 minutes) • To familiarize Ss with the meanings of several words which will appear in the reading

-T will try to elicit words from Ss using pictures on the OHP, and fill in the blanks -T fills in the blanks of each word -Circle, museum, large, quiet, dormitory -T asks CCQs to check for understanding (see language sheet for details)

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with a general overview understanding of the reading content

-T shows students readings about hostels and tells them to read quickly, and think about is it a good or bad place to stay -T gives half the students A readings and half B readings (each pair should have A and B) -give them a minute to read, then asks them to talk to their opposites -T goes around and checks with each pair briefly what they thought

Close reading and speaking (10-12 minutes) • For students to practice close reading of the text for detail and have controlled verbal practice

-T instructs Ss to take their time reading now and answer the questions on the handout given to them and fold paper to cover questions at the bottom -Each student will answer the exercise questions for either A or B, jotting down the answers (T shows example on board first) -Ss take turns asking each other the questions on their handout and answering using their previous answers (demonstrate with student first if possible) -T verbally goes through answers with whole class -T asks class which place they would like to stay at

Reading for inference (8-10 minutes) • For students to practice reading for inferred meaning of words

-T tells Ss to take a minute and think about what each of the highlighted words mean based on the context -Ss form groups of two As and two Bs and match the words to their definitions (do the first one together) -when they are finished they can get up and check each other’s work -T shows answers on OHP, clarifies any issues

Post reading exercise - verbal production (8-10 minutes) • For students to practice oral fluency on the topic of hostels

-Show slide on OHP with the following: -Think about last hostel/hotel you stayed at. Was it a good or bad hostel/hotel? -Write down 2-3 good things, and 2-3 bad things about it -T gives personal example -Ss go around the room talking to each other and finding out about each other's experiences -T writes down some common mistakes and does error correction on the WB if time

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