Sultan Alara Cetin Sultan Alara Cetin

Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be practicing reading for gist, specific information and detail in the context of the life of dogs. They will also be speaking for fluency in the same context.


Abc TP7- Presentation
Abc TP7 - Pre-Reading Vocabulary Matching
Abc Tp7 - Reading Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information and detail reading in the context of the life of dogs'.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of life of dogs'.


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

Show students your pet's photos. Tell them a little about each pet and ask them if they have any pets of their own now or if they had any when there were children. If so, which ones? Let them talk with their partners for 3 minutes.

Pre-Reading (5-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Handout the matching activity handout. The handout includes the words students might have a hard time with in the text. Because we assume that they already know these words but might still need a refreshment, we don't pre-teach them the words but check if they remember all the meanings. Let them do this activity in pairs and check their answers with their groups.

While-Reading #1 (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading tasks

Before letting the students start the reading activities, let them know that Yorkshire terriers also come in white color. Tell the students to skim through the article and not read every single word. Ask them which dogs in the photos are mentioned in the text. Let them work with their pairs and then check their answers with their groups.

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging specific information reading task

Let the students work with their partner and answer the following True/False questions. 1. British owners spend 4 billion British pounds on their pets every year. 2. One quarter of owners buy their pets presents. 3. More pets than before have psychological problems. 4. Some owners have a problem knowing what to buy for their pets. Let them check their answers with their group members.

While-Reading #3 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Let the students read the article one more time and answer the following questions with their partners and then stick the answers around the classroom and ask them to go get the answers and check with their groups. 1. his/her owner buys him/her clothes 2. his/her owner wants to make him/her look nice 3. he/she provides friendly company for his/her owner 4. his/her owner takes him/her on expensive holidays 5. his/her owner knows he/she is overindulgent 6. his/her owner takes him/her to the hairdresser 7. his/her owner buys him/her toys and dolls 8. his/her owner was ignorant about pets initially

Post-Reading/Listening (5-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Let the students talk to their groups about the following question. Do you think pets should be treated like a member of the family? If they have a lot of time left, let them discuss the following. In general, what is the attitude to pets in your country?

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