Ayse Ayse

Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice reading for gist and main idea.


Abc Picture
Abc Picture and text

Main Aims

  • To provide deduction reading practice using a text about the savage mountain in the context of survival instincts

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of survival instincts


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

Show them the picture on the smartboard and ask them what they see. Elicit answers.

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

Put them in groups of three and tell them to think about a situation they felt they were in danger and what they did, how they got rid of it, etc. Let them share their stories in their groups. Volunteer students who wants to share their experiences with the whole class. Then, again in their group, want them to discuss the 2nd question on the page. Elicit some answers. Want them to look at the next page and ask them if they ever want to climb that mountain on the page. Put them in pairs and ask them to discuss this question with reasons.

While-Reading (20-22 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Want them to look at the picture and read the text without using a dictionary. Then want them to answer the questions on the page. Put them in pairs and check their answers by reasoning them. Elicit answers as a whole-class feedback. Ask them to guess the meanings of blue words on the page from the context and try to match them with their definitions. Put them in groups and want them discuss how they have reached that answer. Elicit the answers as a whole-class feedback.

Post-Reading (12-14 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ask Ss to think about an expedition to Everest and asnwer these questions: "How would you plan their journey? Would you go alone or with a group? What would you take with you? What kind of equipment do you think you would need? How would they survive in a breeze?" etc. Give them a couple of minutes to think about these questions and then put them in groups of four. Want them to share their ideas. Choose a couple of volunteers and let them share their ideas with the whole class.

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