Sara Sara

Retelling news stories, speaking
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn how to retell news stories using expressions when quoting from other resources, expressing their own view, or being vague. This is done through a guided discovery based on reading examples of news stories. The lesson starts with a discussion about news stories. This is followed by two speaking tasks where students can retell the news stories they read. Finally, students are asked to retell a news story they read as a free practice.


Abc Google slides - SB p.112

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency when retelling a news story.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To read examples of news stories


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T. sends a link to a google drive presentation where Ss. are asked to predict what a news story is and what it is about. They are also asked to read an example of a news story silently.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T. sends Ss to breakout rooms where they are requested to retell the news story they read. T. monitors and always encourages them to use English.

Useful Language (15-20 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

T. sends a link to a google drive presentation. T. asks Ss. to classify certain expressions used when retelling stories into three categories. Ss. are sent to breakout rooms to do this discovery task in pairs. T. shows the MFP of each expression in group.

Productive Task(s) (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

T. sends a link to a google drive presentation where Ss. are asked to read another news story silently. T. sends Ss. to breakout rooms to retell the news story they read using the acquired expressions. T. monitors while Ss. talk to each other.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T. writes down the mistakes the Ss. did when retelling the stories. T. helps Ss. figure out the correction of their mistakes. She also helps them use advanced language.

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