Kimberly Arruda Kimberly Arruda

Two Cities
Beginner English level


In this lesson, students will review vocabulary (there is/there are) and practice reading for gist and detail in the context of an article about two cities.


Abc Vocabulary flash cards
Abc Articles about Barcelona and Prague ORIGINAL VERSION
Abc HO Gist/Detailed Reading exercise 1 / 3
Abc Barcelona brochure
Abc Prague brochure
Abc HO Pre-Reading Exercise 1 and 3

Main Aims

  • To provide students with practice in reading for gist and specific information in the context of an article about two cities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To review vocabulary related to places in a city and to reciew there is/there are to describe places in a city


Warmer/Lead-in (5 minutes) • To set context of cities and brainstorm what words students can remember about places in a city.

Teacher will set the context for exercise with pictures and visual props. Teacher will elicit ideas and vocabulary related to pictures and review previous lesson. Teacher will ask students what places are there in Istanbul?

Vocabulary (8-12 minutes) • To introduce new vocabulary and ensure knowledge of key vocabulary

Teacher will elicit from students vocabulary through pictures and questions and then drill students for proper pronunciation. Teacher will give students HO for exercise 1. Students will match the pictures to the words. WCF. Students will be given words to match with the pictures of the vocabulary on the WB to check their answers on exercise 1.

Istanbul sentences using there is/there are (5-10 minutes) • Review vocabulary and use there is/there are in sentences

Teacher will have students write 5 sentences about Istanbul using target vocabulary and there is/there are. Teacher will demonstrate on WB, i.e. "there are two bridges in Istanbul". Students will be called upon to elicit feedback.

Pre-Reading (8-12 minutes) • To set context of the articles about Barcelona and Prague and introduce additional vocabulary.

Teacher will elicit from students their holiday/vacation experiences through questions and pictures. Poster board of pictures of vacationers. Where have you gone for holiday/vacation? What do you like to do on vacation? Do you like the beach? Museums? Aquarium? Teacher will introduce vocabulary: vacation, aquarium, tourist. Teacher will show pictures of Barcelona and Prague to interest students in learning more about Prague and Barcelona. Teacher will elicit through questions: What do you see? Where is this? Teacher will elicit WCB.

Gist reading (5-8 minutes) • To give students practice in gist reading

Teacher will pair students. Teacher will ask students what they know about the two cities prior to reading. Teacher will give students 3 minutes to read brochures on Barcelona and Prague. Teacher will elicit through verbal questions what they learned from the brochures about each city. Q: What places did you read about in the brochures? Parks? Rivers? Transportation?

Detailed reading (5-10 minutes) • To give students practice in reading for detail

Teacher will again pair students. Teacher will give exercise 3 to be completed after second reading about Barcelona and Spain, this time with reading for detail in text. Teacher will elicit from students using verbal cues the answers to exercise 3 (B for Barcelona/P for Prague).

Post-Reading (5 minutes) • To reinforce vocabulary and practice speaking fluency

Teacher will elicit from students places they have visited or travelled to. With given city/place, students will pair up and ask 3 questions and answer 3 questions about their city using there is/there isn't or there are/there aren't responses. Teacher will monitor for feedback.

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