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News Stories Reading
Intermediate level


In this lesson, the students read short news stories. First I will hand them out a handout in which they will have questions to go around and ask their friends. After that they will be reporting their survey results. Then, there will be a matching exercise to get the sts familiar with unknown vocabulary. Later they will go some gist reading for finding headlines for the news stories and some detailed reading to complete the article summaries. They will also complete a vocabulary task. Finally they will pick three questions about media and have a discussion about them.


Abc Coursebook, Audio CD, Handouts Prepared by the Teacher

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about stories in the context of news.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of media.


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

To get the students' attention to the topic, the teacher writes a question on the board "What do you do to get the news?" and elicits answers by getting the students on the board and write how they access the news.

Pre-Reading/Speaking (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Then she hands out a handout with questions on it. The students go around the class, ask and answer the questions to make a class survey. (See: App.1) The teacher hands out a material for preteaching the unknown vocabulary. The students match the words with their definitions. The words are; furious, sue, refund, apology, effective, capture, consecutive, applaud, audience. (See: App.2)

While-Reading / Speaking (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/speaking tasks

The students read the headlines in exercise 2. In pairs they discuss what the the articles are about, then they read the articles quickly and match the articles with the headlines.

While-Reading/Speaking #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/speaking tasks

The students read for details and find answers to complete the article summaries. Then they find words in the articles to match the meanings. To check their understanding of these words in context, the teacher also asks CCQs like; Do we clap our hands only to show we enjoyed something? Do we call people at a soccer game "audience"? Later the teacher hands out some comprehension questions, they answer and check their answers in pairs. (See: App 3.)

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

The students pick three questions about the media from exercise 6a and they discuss in pairs.

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