Teach techniques of skim and scan.
E0 - Beginners level


In this lesson, students learn about the techniques of skim and scan. First, I will guide them to know what skim and scan are, how to differentiate between them, and how to apply them to a reading text. Second, I will ask CCQs about each technique to make sure that the students understand them right. Third, I will divide students into groups, and ask each group to apply the techniques to simple texts. Last, I will assign to them several practices to make sure that they understand the techniques, and that they can use them.


Abc BooK (Language Leader: Beginners).
Abc Handouts
Abc Markers.

Main Aims

  • To teach students the techniques of skim and scan so that they can be able to skim simple, direct texts to determine their main idea, and to scan simple, direct textx to locate specific information.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To make students face their fears of reading texts, and to make them more confident when it comes to comprehension tasks.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-0 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-T. asks Ss if they know the techniques of skim and scan. -Ss answers.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provides illustration of the techniques and a model of the task.

-T. elaborate what skim and scan are, how to use them, and how to differentiate between them. -T. asks CCQs to make sure that students get the idea. -SKIM CCQs: Is skim reading quickly to get a general overview of the text? Yes Is skim related to understanding the main idea of the text? Yes -SCAN CCQs: Is scan reading quickly to get specific information? Yes Is scan related to locating certain details? Yes -Ss answers. - T. gives an example on the board and engages the students to answer it. -Ss answers.

Task (8-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

-T. divides Ss into groups. -T. distributes the handouts. -T. asks students to use skim to answer gist questions, and to use scan to answer specific information questions. Each group has to elaborate how they applied the techniques to texts. -Ss start the task. -T. monitors and takes notes. -Ss' groups check answers with one another.

Report (3-5 minutes) • To allow students to report on how they did the task and how it went

-T. asks each group to say their answers. -Ss report their answers.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with feedback on their work, to correct their mistakes, and to encourage them.

-T. writes Ss' mistakes on the board. -T. discuss them with students. -T. encourages students.

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