Estefania Estefania

Receptive Skills Lesson
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn new vocabulary words from a text. Students will answer 3 questions (reading for gist), they will read for specific information as a true or false task, and they will have a discussion at the about the text.


Abc National Geographic Magazine

Main Aims

  • To provide reading practice for gist and detailed.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of new vocabulary from the text.


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

To introduce the lesson, students will discuss 2 questions in breakout rooms that will give them an idea of what is going to be about the text. "Have you been on a glider-plane before?" and "Based on the pictures, What do you think the text will be about?"

Pre-teach Vocabulary (6-6 minutes) • The purpose is to teach blocking vocabulary.

Students will be taught the new vocabulary in order for them to understand the listening section, by covering Meaning Form and Pronunciation. I will first read the words and meanings. I will ask the students to try to match each word with the correct picture which describes the meaning of the given word, they will discuss their answers in a breakout room. I will show how to read the words (pronunciation), I will also demonstrate the stress in the words and the syllables. New vocabulary: 1. Stowaway: someone who hides. Traveling without permission. 2. Cling: to hold tightly. 3. Cockpit: space where the pilot sits. 4. Freak out: to become very anxious, upset, or scared.

Gist (6-8 minutes) • The purpose is to ask students to identify the main ideas of the text.

In this section, students will read a text about a cat that flew on a glider-plane, after reading (for 3min) they will have to answer 3 questions about the text to identify the main ideas of the text, they will first answer and after it, they will go into breakout rooms to discuss their answers, and then we will check the answers together. Question: "1. Who was the stowaway?". "2. Where was the cat hiding?" and "Where did it take place?".

Specific (word - level information) or Detail (sentence- level understanding) (10-12 minutes) • The purpose is to now process the text in more depth.

In this section, students will read again the text in order to answer a google form (True or False questions), they will answer this task individually and after answering the questions, we will check the answers together. This task requires specific information and requires to pay attention to the text.

Post (12-14 minutes) • The purpose is to "react" or "personalise" the topic.

In this section, students will discuss 4 questions in order to practice the vocabulary they saw previously and to share their ideas and opinions related to the text, they will have to write the answers for the questions in a google form. In this way, the lesson is more student-centered, by discussing with their peers and there's more student with student interaction. After it, I will ask some students to tell me what their partner said. The questions: "1. How do you think the cat felt?" "2. If you were the pilot, what would you have done?" "3. How do you think the cat got on the glider-plane?" "4. Would you fly on a glider-plane?"

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