Amanda Robinson Amanda Robinson

TP 6(a)- Speaking and Reading in the Context of Animal Lovers
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be focussing on Speaking and Reading skills, with practice in semi-controlled and freer speaking, gist-reading, and reading for detail.


Abc Handout 1(b) - Article - United States of Animals
Abc Handout 1(a) - Matching the pet with the people in the photos, and questions.
Abc Handout 2 - Alphabet Letters
Abc Handout 3 - Pictures of Animals/Pets

Main Aims

  • To give Students practice in both Speaking and Reading.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To specifically give students practice in semi-controlled and freer speaking exercises with pair work, and initially gist reading for meaning, followed by reading for detail for more specific information.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in the topic of Animal Lovers and Pets.

Invite discussion and free-speaking by asking the students whether they have a pet, how old it is, and it's name. Ask them what kinds of pets people have in Turkey? Ask them why people keep pets, and whether they think people sometimes like animals better than humans.

Semi-Controlled Speaking (5-8 minutes) • To practise 'speaking' by asking the students to work in pairs and discuss questions.

Give the students Handout 1a, with questions to discuss in pairs. Ask them to choose a pet from the 'box' for the people in the photos, and explain the reasons they have chosen to match these pets with these people. . Choose a pet from the box for the people in the photo (Handout 1a), and explain the reasons. . Which is your favourite animal? Why?

Free Speaking Practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free speaking practice working in groups.

Divide the class into three or four teams. Give them a piece of paper with letters of the alphabet. Ask each team to think of an animal for as many letters of the alphabet as they can in 10 minutes. Students can use dictionaries if they wish. Start the teams off with a few examples, e.g. A alligator; B bear; C cat. Set a time limit of 10 minutes. The team with the most correct animals is the winner.

Receptive Skills - Gist Reading (5-8 minutes) • To give students practise in gist reading.

Ask the students to unfold their handout (Handout 1b), and ask them about the picture in the article. Ask them their thoughts on the picture of the two people with the dogs, and try to elicit the idea that the people are 'crazy'. Explain the meaning of the word 'crazy', then get them to 'gist-read' the article to see if they agree. Give them a time limit of 1 - 2 minutes to read the article.

Reading for Specific Information/Feedback (10-12 minutes) • To prepare, and practise reading for 'specific Information'

Ask the students to talk with their partner, and see if they can think of any famous people who have pets, and ask them to make a list. Now ask them to read the article again, and underline the famous people mentioned in the article. Ask the students if any of the people mentioned in the article were on their list?

Free 'Speaking' (productive) Practice (5-8 minutes) • To give the students further practice in free 'speaking'.

Give a handout (Handout 3) to the students, and ask them to look at the picture and choose one of the animals/pets in the picture WITHOUT telling their partner. Each partner asks the other to guess what animal they are thinking of, by asking them questions (only 'yes' or 'no'). Students must think of their own questions, but the Teacher can write an example question on the board first - e.g. "Does your animal have four legs?", "Does your animal/pet fly?", etc.

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