Reading and Vocabulary Lesson
Intermediate, B2 level


In this lesson, there is a reading text about technology. The lesson starts with a lead-in activity. This is followed by pre-teaching necessary vocabulary from the reading text. Then the students read the text for gist for the first time to find out the inventions mentioned in the previous lesson. After the first gist reading, the students predict which other inventions the article talks about and they read it for gist for the second time to see if their predictions are true or not. Then they read the text for details and answer the questions about the text. The lesson finishes with productive skills. Students talk about technological items invented in the last 100 years.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about technological advances in the context of technology

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of the necessary vocabulary to read the text in the context of technology.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To enable students to relax and lead them to the topic of reading text

Teacher greets the students. She has some objects (a calculator, a cell phone, a credit card, a teabag, a computer mouse) on the table and she writes some years on the board. She asks "Can you guess the relation between these years and these objects?" and listens to the students' guesses. (The objects were first invented in those years.) After the students guess the relation between them, the teacher asks "Can you guess which year each item was invented in?" Students are asked to work in pairs and try to guess all the years of inventions right. Teacher asks the opinion of each pair and after that, she gives the feedback.

Pre-teach vocabulary (7-8 minutes) • To enable students to learn the necessary vocabulary from the reading text.

The teacher applies ECDW. She elicits some words explaining and asks CCQs, makes the students repeat the words and writes them on the board. These words are 'long-distance', 'affordable', 'fabric', 'head for', 'urban' and 'experiment'.

Gist Reading (5-7 minutes) • To enable the students to understand the main idea of the text.

Teacher divides the class into two groups, shows the text in her hand asks "Do you remember the words you have learned in the previous lesson? Make a prediction. Which inventions might take place in the text? Discuss in groups." Teacher monitors them while they are discussing. Then, students are asked to read the text quickly and check their predictions. A time limit is set and the reading text is given as a handout to each student. Students check their predictions. After a quick feedback, teacher asks "Which other inventions does the article talk about? Can you guess?" Students discuss in groups again.They are asked to read the text quickly for the second time to check their second predictions. Teacher gives another quick feedback to the whole class.

Reading for Details (10-12 minutes) • To enable the students get as much information as possible from the text.

Teacher shows students six questions about the text and asks them to read the text and answer the questions individually. Then she gives the questions to the students. There is no time limit for reading this time. Teacher waits for all of the students to finish reading the text and answering the questions. When the students finish it, the teacher organizes the pairs and gives each of them a different colour name and says "Check your answers with your partners." After the students finish checking, she says "Their answers are written on colourful cards and stuck on the walls outside. One student from each pair will go out and try to find the answer for each question. Then, come to class, stick the card on the board. For the second question, the other partner will do the same thing. You have to be very quick!" Teacher asks some ICQs to check if they understand all instructions.

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

Teacher changes the pairs and says "Think about the inventions of the last century. What invention do you think has been the most important piece of technology in the last century?" Students discuss in pairs and while they are discussing, teacher monitors them and takes notes if there are any errors. After each pair finishes discussing, teacher wants them to discuss in groups. Finally, teacher asks their ideas for the whole class feedback and gives a delayed correction of the errors.

Extra activity (5-7 minutes) • To make the students produce an idea related to technology using their imagination.

Teacher asks the students to work in pairs, imagine a new invention that will make their lives easier and to introduce it writing. After thinking for a while, students start to write a few sentences about thier imaginary inventions. Teacher monitors, helps with any vocabulary they need. When they finish writing, the students read their sentences about their ideas to the whole class.

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