Nicholas Boyle Nicholas Boyle

TP 8 Reading lesson
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson the students will practice their reading skills in a gist and controlled task, whilst also developing their speaking skills in the lead-in and post production free-speaking activity.


Abc Jamboard slides, google docs form and Zoom.

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific reading practice of the past simple tense in the context of an individual visiting their hometown after a long absence.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice of the past simple tense in the context of an individual returning home after a long absence..


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To generate students interest in the lessons topic.

Picture prediction activity. " What you think is happening in this picture? What is the man doing?".

Gist practice activity (5-7 minutes) • To present and practice understanding of lessons TL and topic.

Check students picture prediction, through a quick gist reading of the lessons main text for context. " So can you guys read the first two parts of the text and tell me what the text is about?" "So whose prediction of the picture was the best?".

Clarification of MFPA of TL (5-7 minutes) • TO provide opportunity to practice MFPA of TL.

Cover three questions with the students relating to the text regarding it's formality, which tense is used when using verbs and adjectives and is the language used in the text positive, negative or both. " So guys, lets quickly look at the text, do you think the language is formal, informal or neutral?". " So now, if we look at the verbs and adjectives in the text, which tense is used here?". "And last question guys, do you think the language in the text is informal, formal or neutral?".

Controlled practice activity (10-15 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the language.

I'll send the students a google docs link to read the whole individually, afterwards I'll put them in pairs in breakout rooms to complete a list of true/false questions relating tot eh text and then I'll bring the students back to the main room to discuss their answers. " So, guys I've sent you a google docs link with the text and I want you to read this on your own, I'll give you 2-3 minutes to read the text". "Ok, now I'm going to put you in pairs in breakout rooms, I want you to look at these true and false questions about the text and I want you to discuss with your partner what you think are the correct answers".

Free practice speaking activity (3-5 minutes) • To develop students speaking skills relating to the TL and lesson topic.

Either individually or in pairs, get students to discuss when was the last time they visited their hometown and what changes have happened to their hometown recently. Give students an example if needed. " So, guys for our last activity of the lesson, I want to think about and discuss when was the last time you visited your hometown and what changes have happened to it recently? ".

Conduct Feedback and DEC (3-6 minutes) • To provide feedback and DEC to students .

Allow students to ask any questions they have regarding the lesson and then cover DEC and provide feedback to the students where appropriate and then conclude the lesson.

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