Hager Hager

Reading lesson (Stuck on a desert land)
intermediate level


Abc New Cutting Edge-intermediate
Abc Handouts
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Answer keys
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Main Aims

  • To provide a detailed reading practice using a text about an imaginary situation in the context of what would you do if you were stuck on a desert island.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will be better able to use the second conditional in a proper context.


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1-Ask ss about the volleyball picture from Cast Away movie by Tom Hanks. I assume that some ss know it, so I'll ask one of them if he/she can tell us the synopsis of the movie. 2-Ask ss "what would they do/feel if they were Tom Hanks in the movie?" 3-Tell them about my opinion; how would I feel and what would I miss most.

Pre-Reading (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

1-Give ss an example; ''If I were on a desert island, I would be cut off from the whole world." 2-Ask ss if they know the meaning of ''(to) be cut off", then explain it; "to be totally isolated." 3-Tell them that one of the things that people would miss on a desert island is food or pastries; then explain the meaning of pastry. 4-Tell them that any person who is sociable would "go mad'' if he/she was stuck on a desert island alone, then explain it to them; "to become crazy because you're so bored."

While-Reading 1 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

1-Ask them to read the question on the HO1. 2-Ask them to read the posts, then to answer the questions. 3-Ask them to check their answers in pairs, then give them the answer key notes.

While-Reading #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

1-Ask them to read the question on HO2. 2-Ask them to read the posts again then answer the question. 4-Give them the answer keys then ask them to check their answers and to tell me if there is any problem. 5-Write second conditional sentences on the board and ask them about the tenses used.

Post-Reading (4-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

1-Ask ss to write in their notebooks one thing that they would miss most and another thing that they would miss least if they were stuck on a desert island. 2-Ask them to share their answers with their partners (in pairs). 3-If we have time at the end of the session, play Breathless song and ask them to write the missing words in the blank space provided on HO3. 4-Display the missing words on the screen after finishing to check their answers.

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