Hasan Ulvi EVREN Hasan Ulvi EVREN

Reading and Speaking Lesson
A1 level


In this lesson, there are texts about two famous people. Students read the texts for gist and detailed information. The lesson starts with a lead-in activity, then students read the introductions of the texts for gist. After that, they answer some questions about those famous people, and the lesson finishes with productive skills. Students write sentences about themselves and then share their ideas.


Abc powerpoint slides
Abc Pictures of two famous people
Abc Reading texts
Abc handout (1)
Abc Pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about two famous people in the context of a perfect weekend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the things you like doing at the weekends
  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the things you like doing


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • to enable students to relax and lead them to the topic of the reading text

After greeting students, teacher shows them a handout which has some famous people and options for their weekend activities. Teacher organizes the pairs and says "Choose the correct activity for each famous person". After the students guess the answers, they compare their ideas with other groups. Finally, teacher reflects the pictures of those famous people on the board by using OHP and gives the answers.

Pre teach vocabulary • to enable students to learn vocabulary which is essential for the reading tasks

The teacher elicits some words by using pictures and asks CCQs. For example; 1. Do you like watching films? 2. Do you like Turkish films? 3. Do you like ....? or 1. Do you like eating pizza? 2. Do you like eating pizza in a restaurant? 3. Do you like .... pizza? Then wants them to repeat the words. Finally, he writes them on the board.

Gist Reading (7-8 minutes) • to make the students get the main idea of the text

The teacher divides the class into two groups (As & Bs) then he shows them the pictures of Jamie Cullum and Shilpa Shetty and says "Look at these pictures and guess what the text is about". After that he gives the pictures of Jamie Cullum to the As and pictures of Shilpa Shetty to the Bs. The teacher sets the time limit and wants the students work individually first. When the time is up, he says "Read the text quickly and check your predictions" and delivers the texts related to the famous people. Students check their predictions individually. After checking, the teacher organizes the pairs and asks them to compare their answers with their partners. As compare their answers with As, Bs compare their answers with Bs. The teacher monitors the students in those stages.

Jigsaw Reading (10-12 minutes) • to make the students get as much information as possible from the text

Students go on working in the same groups (As & Bs). The teacher shows them 8 questions about those celebrities and asks them to answer the questions individually. Then, he delivers the questions to the groups (As answer the questions about Jamie Cullum, Bs answer the questions about Shilpa Shetty). When the time is over, the teacher organizes the groups and students compare their answers in their groups. The teacher monitors them and then gives them the answer key as a handout.

Post Reading (10-12 minutes) • to make the students use the information they've learned and speak with a partner

This time, the teacher changes the pairs (one who read about Jamie and one who read about Shilpa) and says "Give information about your famous person to your partner". Students use their answers and give information about the celebrities to each other. The teacher monitors them and encourages them to speak in English.

Production (8-10 minutes) • to make the students talk about their own activities

Students write down two things they like doing at the weekend on a piece of paper without their names. The teacher collects all papers and shuffles them. Then, the students take one and read it aloud. The other students have to guess who it is.

Emergency activity (memory game) (5-7 minutes) • To use the extra time

Students range in a line and each of them writes a sentence about his/ her weekend activities. Every student has to remember what his/ her friends do before telling his/ her own activity. Example: Student 1: I go to the gym. Student 2: He goes to the gym and I ride a bike. Student 3: He goes to the gym, she rides a bike and I watch films at home.

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