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Reading lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will discuss their opinions about extreme sports, and whether they like them or not. They will read a text about Mike who talks about his skydiving experience, doing predictions, gist and specific reading tasks. They will follow this up with a short speaking, discussing their own opinion on the topic.


Main Aims

  • To practice reading for gist and details ( correct factual mistakes in a summary ) in the context of a reading about skydiving.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking: justifying your choices.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will show pictures of some extreme sports, and ask Ss to discuss in pairs how they feel about the sports and why. T-S task feedback ( elicit a few ideas )

Pre-Reading (3-4 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

To unblock the key vocabulary, T will give the students two different handouts including vocabulary and their definitions and students match them. T will ask students to pair up with one of the students from the other group in order to explain the new vocabulary. T controls Ss and help them out.

While-Reading #1 (4-5 minutes) • To encourage students to read/skim for gist/ general understanding and get an overview of the text.

T will show the picture of Mike, and elicit students' ideas about what he is doing or what the text would probably be about. Tell them they are going to read a passage about Mike's experience on skydiving. T will pair Ss up to check if they have the same kind of information. T will check the understanding of Ss by getting them to answer the question number 1. WCF

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To practise scanning for the detailed information.

T will ask Ss to pair up and answer question number 2 together. T will monitor Ss and help them out with their possible problems. T will show some more pictures of extreme sports and elicit the chunks on page 12 and justified asnwers from the Ss. The focus is on the chunks. T will help Ss at this stage.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To develop oral fluency by providing an opportunity to react to the text and expand on what they have learnt.

T will number the Ss as 1 and 2 and will ask them to give a short summary of what they have learned from the reading passage. T will monitor the Ss and give feedback. T will show the definition of the words on the cards again and make Ss recall the words. T will check on the pronunciation and ask for any ambiguity. T will do some delayed correction.

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