Reading for detail
Elementary level


In this lesson students practice present simple and new vocabulary through guided discovery based on reading text about accommodation for language students. The lesson starts with a discussion about accommodations. This is followed by accommodation advertisement where students read six different types of accommodation.Finally controlled practice where students have to match different profiles with appropriate accommodation.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about accommodation for langage students in the context of renting rooms

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a accommodation
  • To provide clarification of accommodation for langage students in the context of renting rooms


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students imagine that they go abroad to study English or work and they need to find accommodation.Show students pictures on the board of different types of accommodation. Ask students to describe them in order to find out how many types of accommodation they know.

Reading 1 (7-10 minutes) • Reading for specific information.

Post the adverts on the wall for a gallery reading in order to bring a bit of movement. Give students HO with the chart. Work through an example with the class. Remind students that it is not necessary to understand every word in the advertisements, they only need have to find the information needed to carry out the task. Students work in groups of 3 and find the information. After the individual work Ss check their answers in pairs.

Feedback after the Reading 1 (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the answers and unknown vocabulary from the first reading.

Check the answers with the class. Encourage students to justify their answers and use this as an opportunity to clarify the meaning of unknown vocabulary. Nominate Ss for the W/C FB.

Reading 2 (10-11 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Explain students that they are going to read profiles of six people who are going to Cambridge to study English for three months. Give HO with profiles of six people and accommodation advertisement. Students have to match each person with the most suitable accommodation. Ss work in pairs and match profiles.

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

While students reading and matching profiles write on on the board We think accommodation (A) is good for ( Christophe) because ..... Get students to tell the class about their choices, e.g. We think accommodation A is good for Christophe because the house has got ........ Encourage other students to say why they agree or disagree. Nominate Ss for the w/c FB.

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