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Reading & Speaking - What to do in London - Elementary level
Elementary level


The main context of this lesson is London and the things you can do there. This reading follows a vacab & listening exercise in which the ss begin by learning basic vocabulary to talk about the weather, seasons and temperature, and listen to a travel guide describing typical London weather. They then read a guidebook extract which recommends what to do in London depending on the weather. Then they will talk about the things they prefer to do in London and later, talk about what things they can do in their own home town. Source of this reading exercise is: English File/ Elementary by C. Latham-Koenig.


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Main Aims

  • To provide a context in which ss will see the new words have been used. To have ss realize the text and be able to gist, and read for details. Then the aim is for them to be able to produce language based on the skills they have received.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Reading and speaking context


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Write "what to do in London" on the board. Ask ss if they have ever been to London, or the places they think one must see in London for one minute. Present famous images of London, including capital city, London eye, Elizabeth Tower, museums and galleries, etc. Ask ss to tell ask and answer about the places they are interested in visiting for 2 minutes.

Pre-Reading (2-3 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Write on board the name of three places : Somerset House: SH South Kensington: SK Hampstead Heath: HH Say the names are too long so we use these for short.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Focus on "Where can you...?" and give them 5 minutes to answer the Qs individually. CCQs: Are we going to match the names with activities in the box? Yes Are we going to check the meaning of each word? No Are we going to match the paragraphs with the pictures? No Are we going to do it with our classmates? No How much time do we have? 5 min Then ask them to check their answers with their pair. Then give feedback. Answer key? 1.SH 2. SK/ HH 3.HH 4.SK 5.SH/HH 6.SH 7.SK 8. SK

While-Reading #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Now they will read the text for the second time. Ask them to read the text and underline three new words or phrases and check them with their partner. CCQs: Are we going to underline all new words? No How many, then? Just three Are we going to answer any question? No Then they will check their new words and can guess the meaning, check on dictionaries, etc. Monitor their work and define/ elicit other related words.

Post-Reading (10-13 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Put ss in pairs and ask them to tell each other which one of these 3 places they would like to visit and why? Give them 4 minutes. CCQs: Are we going to talk about London or other cities? London Are we going to talk about all places or choose from these three? Choose from these three Are we going to talk or write sth down? Just talk Then hand out the three phrases : - When it is raining - When it is snowing - When the sun is shining Ask them to ask and answer Qs about what one can do in Istanbul when the weather is like this and what can you do in there.

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