Teaching Lesson 8
Upper Intermediate level


Abc Idiom definitions worksheet
Abc Look Behind You! Text
Abc Matching Text Activity
Abc True False Statements

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Spooky things in the context of Article about ghost hunting weekends

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a ghost story in the context of Article about ghost hunting weekends
  • To provide practice of spooky things and Idioms in the context of article about ghost hunting weekends


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

Teacher turns off the lights and plays the ghost sounds. Asks students what they think it will be about. Elicit as much vocab until you get 'ghosts'. Ask the students to discuss with their partner if they believe in ghosts, and if they have a favorite book or movie about ghosts.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Teacher uses eliciting techniques and images to pre-teach the following vocab. spooky haunted werewolves vanish skeptical proof. Drill some of the tough words to pronounce like vanish and werewolves.

While-Reading #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist task

Students are placed into groups and then given the story out of order. The students must put the stories in order with each correct paragraph heading. Once completed, students check other groups answers. Teacher then passes out full story in order for the students to check answers.

While-Reading#2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with a specific information task.

The teacher passes out the true and false statements and has the students work individually to mark whether they are true or false. After completed they check with pairs. Once complete hand out the answers. Clarify all the false statements.

Post-Reading/Listening (4-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Teacher asks the students to discuss two questions. 1. What they think really happened at Brockfield castle that weekend. 2. If they would like to go on a ghost-hunting weekend. Nominate feedback.

Vocab clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify idiom vocab the students were exposed to in the reading.

Teacher draws attention to the bolded text in the reading. Elicits what kind of speech that is. Highlight that they are all idioms. Tell the students that they will get a handout with definitions of the idioms and write the correct ones from the reading. Hand out the definitions handout and ask them to work in pairs. Once done have the students fill in the correct answers on the WB.

Vocab and Writing Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide semi-controlled writing task.

Tell the students to get into 4 groups. They will now tell their own scary story. It will have to include all 6 words that were taught pre-reading and at least one idiom. Give them 5 minutes to complete. Once done have one member from each group read the story.

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