Leah Dow Leah Dow

A2 level


In this lesson, students will practice reading skills as they are introduced to a text with the context of pets in the United States. Students will also practice their speaking skills as they discuss if they have their own pets.


Abc United States of Animals text
Abc Ex 10 Speaking 1

Main Aims

  • To practice speaking to develop fluency in the context of animals/celebrities and their pets

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice reading for specific details in the context of animals/pets


Lead-In (5-7 minutes) • To practice identifying and discussing animals and their characteristics

T will have sts practice word associations by eliciting adjectives after I introduce an animal. For example, I will say "dog, cat, horse, mouse, snake, goldfish" and have students list two adjectives they associate with each. "Spider" will be my example; can use "black" and "hairy." Sts will then pair up to 1. recall the animals I listed based off of the adjectives they used and then 2. compare their associations.

Stage 1 (8-12 minutes) • To practice animal vocabulary

T will have sts break in to groups of 3 or 4 (depending on class size) and give them each material 1 and instruct sts to come up with an animal that begins with each letter of the alphabet. They will be given 5 minutes to complete as much as they are able, then mingle to see what other groups wrote. I will make this slightly competitive by seeing which group has the most animals written down. Briefly discuss as a class which animals they came up with for odd letters, like "j," 'l," and "z" (if any).

Stage 2 (5-7 minutes) • To introduce/review present perfect with for & since

T will divide up sts in groups of 3 or 4 (again depending on class size) and have them discuss the items I've handed out to them. T will instruct sts to talk with their groups about how long they've had these items based off of the date I have written on the pieces of paper (i.e. a picture of an iPhone 5s with the date of September 2013). T will encourage sts to use "I've had this since…" and "I've had this for…" language, but will also allow for them to use whatever language needed to discuss items as fluently as possible. T will keep in mind that Nurcan will be going over present perfect in the next lesson and therefore, will keep practice to a minimum.

Stage 3 (3-5 minutes) • To practice speaking about pets and animals

T will asks sts "what kinds of animals do people have as pets here in Turkey?" T will pass out material 3 and have sts match the pets to the people in the pictures. T will have them work in pairs to discuss why they chose the matches. T will then have sts discuss in pairs what their favorite animal is and why.

Stage 4 (8-12 minutes) • To read for specific information in a text about animals

T will first ask sts about some American celebrities they think are crazy about their pets. T will write them on WB. Then, T will instruct sts that they have three minutes to read the text and underline the celebrities mentioned. T will then hand out reading exercise after giving the instructions to the sts. T will tell them not to unfold paper or look at the questions (ask ICQs). T will then have sts open up the other side of the paper and re-read the text in order to check the reasons that the author mentions as to why he thinks Americans are crazy about animals. Check in pairs, then go over as class.

Stage 5 (7-10 minutes) • To practice speaking for fluency

T will give instructions for the "Find someone who…" activity. T will ask sts who they found for each stipulation.

Stage 6 (5-7 minutes) • To practice speaking for fluency when discussing pets and animals

If in need of extra time, asks sts to discuss with the partners the following: "If you could have any pet, what would it be and why?" "What is your least favorite animal?"

Stage 7 (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback

After monitoring the "Find Someone Who…" activity, T will write on WB any mistakes she heard and address them.

Web site designed by: Nikue