Alex Rawlings
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice reading for specific information in a context of language learning. Following that students practice speaking using similar language to the context that they've just read.


Abc P 36
Abc YouTube video (3/13/2018)
Abc P 37
Abc Photo, p 36

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about Alex Rawlings in the context of Language learning

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of language learning


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

WATCH the video. Task- What do we study about today? - Does anybody know any of these languages? Sts in pairs ask the following questions.(ex a) Do you know anybody who speaks more than two languages? Which languages do they speak? (If possible, elicit this question) How did they learn? (if possible, elicit)

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-14 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Sts match the languages with words 1-11 in pairs/groups. Then listen and check.(ex b) Teacher SHOWS the answers on the board.(if necessary) SHOW VISUAL of Alex Rawlings. Ask them to GUESS "WHAT DO YOU SEE?" "WHAT DO YOU THINK THE TEXT IS ABOUT?" Teacher WRITES 11, asks "WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS NUMBER IS?" TELL them or ELICIT that he can speak 11 languages. Ask them to WRITE 3 questions to ask about Alex. Elicit a few questions on the w/b.

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

Give text. READ THE TEXT and see if you can FIND THE ANSWERS to your questions. Pairs- ASK YOUR PARTNER your questions. Give questions. (ex c, p 36). Sts read the text again and ask the questions to their partner. Put 2 or 3 answer keys on the wall.

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

Sts LOOK AT THE HIGHLIGHTED WORDS AND PHRASES.(ex d) WORK OUT THEIR MEANINGS in pairs. GIVE the handout. Students MATCH THE WORDS with their DEFINITION in pairs. Early finishers help other pairs. If sts are struggling with some words, ask CCQs.

Post-Reading/Listening (10-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Give questions about language learning(ex d, p 37) Sts in pairs ask and answer the questions.

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