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Intermediate level


Reading for Gist and detail


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Main Aims

  • To enable students to read for gist and determine the writer's attitude, and read for detail and correct factual mistakes in sentences, in the context of reading a blog about skydiving.
  • To enable students to read for gist and determine the writer's attitude, and read for detail and correct factual mistakes in sentences, in the context of reading a blog about skydiving.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable Ss to talk about doing a dangerous activity (e.g. a parachute jump).


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set thecontext (blog / skydiving) and engage students.

Write the word 'blog' on the board and ask if the students know what it means. Elicit answers from the class. Show a picture of someone skydiving. Ask what he is doing. Ss work in pairs. Ask some questions if Ss can't guess: Where is he? In the air. Where was he before? On the plane. What do we call the activity of jumping into the water? Diving. What do we call this activity? Skydiving (some input from the teacher here). Ask Ss how they would feel if they jumped off a plane. How do you think your heart will beat? Do you think you will have a lot of energy? There's a chemical that your body makes and sends to your blood in situations like this, do you know what it is? Adrenaline.

Pre-Reading (11-13 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

We are going to read a text written by Mike. What do you think the text will be about? PW discussion. Focus on the three sentences in ex. 1 in the reading. Focus on "can't live without", elicit answer from the class. Ss scan the text very quickly (2-3 minutes) individually and check which sentences expresses Mike's attitude towards skydiving. PW: check answers. GW: mix pairs and form a group and students discuss again. Ss report to the class. Write the number of the correct sentence on the board. Refer back to the first Q, do Ss know what the text is about?

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To pre-teach some of the words important to understanding the text.

Divide the class into groups of 3-4 Give HO to Ss containing examples of important words in the text. Ss take a look at the examples and label the words: 1: I don't know this words. 2: I'm not sure about this word. 3: I am sure I know it. In groups, Ss discuss the words. Ss who know some words explain them to the rest of the group. Nominate one S from each group to explain the one word to the class. Ss chose which words they want to explain.

While-Reading #1 (9-11 minutes) • To give Ss a specific task for detailed reading and correcting sentences that summarize the story.

Ask Ss to individually read the sentences in ex.2 of the reading. Ss attempt to correct the sentences. PW/GW: Ss compare with a partner, and then with a group. Get feedback from the class. Show answer key.

Post-Reading (4-6 minutes) • To provide Ss with an opportunity to personalize the topic and expand on what they've learned

Divide the class in pairs. Ss tell their partner if they've done a parachute jump and why they did it. If not, would they consider doing it? Why (focus on the possible answers). Make sure Ss understand the possible responses (charity, no way!). Ss report to the whole class.

Post-reading/Game (7-10 minutes) • To review the vocabulary Ss just learned and provide them with a chance to explain what the words/phrases mean

Divide the class in two teams. One student from each team sits on a chair facing his/her team and their back to the WB. Instructions: I'll write a word on the board, each team tries to explain the word on the board to the S on the chair. You can't use any part of the word, and you can only speak English. The S facing the team has to guess the word, if they succeed, the team gets a point. Any team that violates the rule loses a point. The S on the chair goes back and another one takes their place for the next word/phrase.

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