Maria Mazhar Maria Mazhar

Reading and Speaking
Upper Intermediate B2 level


This is an integrated reading and speaking lesson in the context of The truth about Air Travel. It introduces a number of issues that are related to air travel.


Abc Questions/answers, true/false

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text in the context of The truth about air travel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of surprising truth about air travel.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will show four pictures? What is this place? what do they think? Any predictions? Share thoughts come in their minds. Speak.

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

-For top-down processing, Give them exercise 1. Read the text and question. -Here is a back cover of a book. Read and think for a minute. Can you guess the answers. I will ask them to share their ideas. Tell the correct answers later on.

Pre-reading – vocabulary (2-3 minutes) • To pre-teach/unblock key lexis needed to help students understand the text

-I have designed a S-centred task: matching vocabulary with definitions. -Students work in groups. -anonymous -inflated -sarcastic -laughable -inflate -reclaim -porter guard

Feedback (1-2 minutes) • To provide the opportunity to share their answers with w/c

Use the chat box and write your answers. (nonverbal) Show them correct answers.

While-Reading #1 (4-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading task.

-Question 3: Now read the extract from Air Babylon. What are the answers to the questions according to the text. -Read in the main room. (2 minutes) -Peer-checking in groups (2 minutes) -Feedback, ask students to speak. -Answers 1. Yes, it is. In 1996 when a plane landed in the Indian Ocean some passengers inflated their life jackets when they were in the plane and then they couldn’t get out. 2. So that customs officers can look at you from behind the glass and watch your reactions as you walk past. 3. Because a bird has crashed into the plane and been burnt in the engine. 4. Because some people who don’t really need a wheelchair ask for one.

While-Reading#2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed reading task.

-I will give them exercise 4 -First look at the exercise. -Now read the text again and mark the sentences True or False. Underline the part of the text that gave you the answer. -Work in small groups of 3. (8 minutes) -Write answers using your chat box. (4 minutes) -Give correct answers. F T T T F T T T -Ask Why do the identities of airline staff must remain secret? -Because if their bosses found out they might lose their jobs.

Post-Reading Production Stage. (8-10 minutes) • To allow an opportunity to react to the text, personalise the topic and develop oral fluency on the topic

-I will give them the question. -Exercise 5. Did you find any of the information surprising. Which? Do you believe it all? -Work in groups of 3. (5 minutes) -Present your answers as a group in open class feedback stage. (5 minutes)

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