Amy Canter Amy Canter

A2/B1 (Pre-intermediate) level


In this lesson students will read two passages about a New York City taxi driver. They will first read for gist and then detailed information followed by speaking and vocabulary activities.


Abc Student Book
Abc Teacher's Book
Abc HO 3
Abc HO4
Abc HO 2
Abc HO 1

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in reading for gist, specific information, and detail in the context of transportation by taxi.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss with review/practice of vocabulary related to chronology: during, when, after, as, later, and then.
  • To provide Ss with fluency speaking practice in the context of talking about taxis.


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

Show Ss the photo of Melissa Plaut and ask students what she does for a living Show and pass out HO1 Students read individually and then answer the 2 questions in pairs. Show answers on board or projector

Pre-Reading (8-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Write/project words from ex. 2a on the board Ss work in groups to guess what the story will be about based on the words. -2-3min Have some Ss share their story ideas

Reading for Gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading

Pass out HO2 and give students 2 min to read the passage, checking if their predictions were correct Mention the stories from previous activity and if anyone was correct.

Detailed Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading

Ss will work in groups to answer the questions based on the reading Read passage again and answer the questions in groups Pass out HO3 Project answer key

Post-Reading (6-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Regroup Have Ss discuss in groups the good and bad points about being a taxi driver

Focus on Vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • To review/learn language related to time sequences

Write TL on board: After, As, During, Later, Then, When Meaning - timeline & ccqs* Drill pronunciation Form: During and after are prepositions followed by nouns or phrases e.g. "during the concert" "after the concert" "later" comes after a time phrase e.g. "half an hour later" "two days later" Ss will now use these words to do the gap fill exercise on HO4 Ss work alone and then peer check with a partner Answers projected on board Drill Phrases If time, have Ss work in pairs to tell one another the story without looking at the handout

Delayed error feedback (3-5 minutes) • To praise good language and correct bad language

Write a few examples of good and bad speech from the lesson on the board. Ask Ss to correct Focus on mistakes an correct- if pronunciation=drill, if meaning ccqs, etc.

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