Osvaniur Osvaniur

Reading lesson
Upper Intermediate level


This is a reading lesson in the context of hotel accommodation and accommodation conditions which includes some speaking for fluency practice. The ss will be introduced to some vocabulary that they'll be able to use in the speaking activities.


Main Aims

  • To provide ss practice in the skills of reading for gist, scan reading and intensive reading for detail in the context of accommodation conditions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking for fluency in the context of hotel accommodation and accommodation conditions.To provide ss clarification, review and practice of some new vocab they will find in the text.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Write the question "What types of accommodation are available for travelers?" on the WB and elicit it from the ss. E.g. a resort, a 5-star hotel, a 2-star hotel, a B & B, a youth hostel, a guest house, a motel, a pension, a yurt, couch-surfing. SS will put the types of accommodation under one of two categories: CHEAP and EXPENSIVE. Do the Speaking corners activity where each corner represents a category (there will be only two corners). Ss will have to pick which category of accommodation they prefer and go there to discuss their decision. Give FB.

Pre-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Use OHP to show some images from the article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232828/Worlds-worst-hotel-warns-visitors-sue-Hans-Brinker-Amsterdam-boasts-filthy-rooms.html and from googleimages (see materials). Elicit some vocab that might be useful for the reading activities e.g. filthy hotel, eco-friendly hotel and tripadvisor.com. Let the ss discuss this in pairs.

While-Reading #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading tasks

As a skimming activity the T asks the SS to choose one of four titles that they think will suit the text better. Let ss check in pairs first, then T checks the answers with the whole class through discussion at the end as FB. Use HO-1 for this. (Fold HO so that SS only see the text and the four title choices). Titles to choose from: 1. Amsterdam hotels 2. Eco Friendly Hotels 3. The Worst Hotel in the World 4. Tripadvisor's Reviews

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

1. Do a scanning race for vocab. Put ss into teams. Tell ss you will say a definition and ss need to find the word in the text. The first person to find the word must come and write it on the WB under the definition which will be on a slip of paper. The team with the largest number of right words is the winner. To complete this task more easily and faster, underline all the words which the ss have to find in the text. Leave the definitions on the WB for a while after the exercise has finished. 2. Next, ss have to read some comprehension and follow-up questions and answer them (see HO-1). This is an oral exercise, let them work out the answers in pairs and discuss. Give FB. Comprehension and follow-up questions 1) How does the Hans Brinker Hotel protect the environment? 2) Name three positive comments about the hotel mentioned by the reviewers. 3) What does the manager think about the hotel being labeled ‘the worst hotel in the world’? 4) Would you stay at the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel? 5) Have you stayed at such a place or had an experience like the second reviewer’s?

Post-Reading (7-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Write these questions on the WB one at a time and put the ss into groups to discuss them. 1) What do you know about Amsterdam? 2) “Eco-friendly”: is this just a way for companies to be cheap? 3) What do you think of traveler review websites, such as Tripadvisor? Do you use them? 4) Would you ever try couchsurfing? Give FB and error-correct if necessary

Extra activity: Role play. (4-5 minutes) • To provide free speaking practice in the context of hotel accommodation and complaint

Put the ss in pairs. Let them pick their own role (who's the receptionist and who's the client). Remind ss to use some of the expressions for asking for favours which they learned in the previous lesson. Student A: You are staying at a hostel. Last night was the worst night of your life. Think of some problems you could have experienced (e.g. passport stolen, bed bugs, etc). Then complain to the receptionist and try to get your money back. Student B: You are the receptionist at a cheap hostel. Give FB at the end.

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