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English File 9a Reading and Speaking
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson ss improve their reading skills. Ss are encouraged to skim read, gist read and read for detailed information. Throughout the lesson ss are given opportunities to engage in pair work and group work. the lesson ends with a follow up speaking activity.


Abc English File Students Book
Abc HO
Abc VA

Main Aims

  • For ss to practice their reading skills and to improve their comprehension.

Subsidiary Aims

  • For ss to improve their speaking skills and have an understanding of target vocabulary.


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

1. Ss look at the pictures of animals. 2. They discuss what they see. 3. Elicit “What kind of animals are they?” (Wild-dangerous) 4. Focus on the questions below a. Are they dangerous animals? (yes) b. What can these animals do? c. What can a shark do? d. Why are they dangerous? 5. In groups ss talk about it. (1 min) 6. Feedback. Ask student why they think the animals are dangerous?

Pre-Teach Blocking Vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

1.Give ss HO. 2.Ss look at the HO and guess the answers (in pairs 1 min). 3.Say the words and write on the board (Float, suck, tie, wave, keep still, shout). 4.In pairs ss discuss and fill in the blanks (2 min). 5.Write the answers on the board. Ss check from the board. i. Float: ii. Does it sink? (No) iii. Does it stay on top of liquid/water? (Yes) iv. Suck: v. Do you use your mouth? (Yes) vi. Do you use your teeth? (No) vii. Do you pull in air or liquid? (Yes) viii. Tie: ix. Do you use 2 pieces of string? (Yes) x. Do you fasten them together? (Yes) xi. Do they stay together? (Yes)

Prediction (3-5 minutes) • To further student engagement

1.Give out English File HO. 2.There are 6 questions. In pairs ss try to complete the questions with 6 animals. 3.Ss don’t read (CCQ instructions). 4.Write key on board: a.Dog. b.Bee. c.Snake. d.Bull. e.Jellyfish. f.Shark. 5.Ss check from board.

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • For ss to get an idea of the text

1.Ss read the questions and the answers quickly (they don’t answer them). 2.In groups ss talk about the possible answers (1 min)

Reading for specific information (6-8 minutes) • Ss read for details

1.Ss read again and answer the questions.

Reading for deeper comprehension (8-10 minutes) • To improve ss reading skills

1. Ss divide in 3 groups: in the city/in the country/ in the water 2. Give each group the explanation of the answers for 2 questions 3. The groups find the correct answers (2min) 4. Ss check their answers from the board Answer key: 1-b 2-a 3-c 4-b 5-c 6-a

Folow on speaking activity (2-4 minutes) • To improve ss speaking skills

In pairs ss discuss "have you ever been in one of these situations? what did you do?"

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