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Houseswap-Places to live
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practice reading for gist and specific information about houseswap from the context in a website which helps people to exchange their houses. They will practise adjectives that can be used to describe places to live. Throughout the lesson Ss will read,listen and speak about houseswap concept and do exercises that include fill in the gaps,True /False answers. They'll talk about their ideas about houseswap for their holidays at the end of the lesson as a freer practice.


Main Aims

  • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information in the context of houseswaps

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking/ Vocabulary-adjectives


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Reflect the slide on WB containing 5 pictures of different houses and ask Ss "What do you see?" "What is the common feature in them?" and elicit ideas from WC.Then give an example by showing pic 3 " I live in a cottage in Scotland. It's a small cottage, I like it very much,it's cosy." Nominate a student and point to one of the pictures, say "This is your home. Can you describe it to me shortly?" .Take 3 answers from the students and summarize the topic by saying "Today we're looking into places to live." Give clear instructions about ex1 in Vocabulary and explain they need to match the adjectives with their opposites for 2 minutes and give HO. Get FB from whole class. N.B. T pays attention to the pronunciation of adjectives that might be found difficult by the Ss such as "quiet,noisy etc" (if needed)

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Hand out the text (ex2 Vocabulary) and give clear instruction to Ss that they need to read the text carefully and they'll listen to the recording (1.46) related to the text. Tell them they need to underline the words they hear. Ss will listen and they compare their answers with a partner before T checks with the whole class. Put Ss into pairs and hand out the gapped text in the speech bubble. Model the activity by saying a sentence to describe where I live then ask Ss to tell each other about where they live by using the words in ex1 and ex2. Monitor and check that Ss are producing accurate sentences.,ask two or three individuals to tell the class where they live in feedback.Be careful to pick different students from the ones nominated for lead-in.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Put the slide on WB about houseswap and ask Ss to predict what's these pictures can be related to.Try to elicit ideas from WC.Give HO of the text and instruct them to read the introduction to the houseswap webpage. Ask to WC what swap means.If it's not clear enough, demonstrate a few swaps in the class with the students eg.exchanging pens . Ask CCQ "Do I want to have this pen?" "Does he/she want to give?" Does he/she want mine?" "Are we both happy in the end?" Give HO of the pictures shown p.32 and 33 and the text about the houses available on Houseswap website.Give clear instructions to Ss that they need to read carefully and match the descriptions to the photos.Remind Ss that there is one extra photo. Ss compare their answers with a partner and get FB from WC.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Put Ss in pairs and ask them to read about the homes again and mark the sentences T(true) and F (false). Put Ss in small groups and ask each pair to compare their answers with the other pair and discuss why they think it's true why false. Monitor their use of language (adjectives) and also understanding. Then get FB from WC

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ask Ss to walk around the room and discuss with another person about which home on Houseswap, they would choose to go on their holidays. In class feedback, ask some students to say which home they picked and why? (It's very quiet and comfortable, etc).

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