Reading for detail
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about famous British sporting events throught the guidebook extracts and the emails. The lesson starts with a discussion about sports and sporting events. This is followed by jigsaw reading where students read three guidebook extracts and emails. Finally there is some speaking activity where students have chance to share their ideas and experiences.


Abc Straightforward Elem - SsBk,

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in reading for gist and specific information through a reading about famous annual sporting events in Britain.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss with freer speaking practice.


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

T shows the picture of sporting event in Turkey and asks Ss what is it. T elicits the correct answer and asks Ss the questions: What kind of sports do you practice? Why? Ss talk in pairs and share their ideas with the whole class.

Pre-Reading (7-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T shows 3 photos (Oxford and Cambridge boat race, Royal Ascot and Wimbledon) on the white board and tells that they are going to read about sporting events. Ss have to predict what the reading will be about. Ss share their predictions. T gives Ss (HO 1) with the guidebook extracts 1-3 tells them to read quickly and match them to photos A -C on the white board. T reminds Ss that they don't need to understand every word in the text. Ss read individually and then check in pairs. WC FB Ss share their ideas.

While-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

T tells Ss to read the emails ( HO 2) relating to the events and match them to the events 1-3 in exercise 1. T clarifies vocabulary if needed. Ss read individually and then check in pairs before the W/C FB.

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

T divides Ss into As, Bs and Cs groups of 3 or 4 and tells Ss that they are going to read the sentences a-g (HO 3) and decide which event 1-3 they are describing. T gives seven sentences cut into pieces and groups have to stick correct sentences on the pictures on the W/B. T monitors. For the FB students check their answers with the W/C.

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

T asks Ss: Which event in the ex 1 would you most like to attend? T asks Ss : What are the most important and most popular sports events in your country? and Have you ever been to any of them? Ss work in groups of 3 and discuss their ideas and experiences. Nominate one students from each group to share their ideas.

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