Anna Bavido Anna Bavido

CELTA Teaching Practice 5
Pre-Intermediate Adutls level


Students will practice their reading for gist and reading for details using a text about space tourism. Their language skills will be developed with new vocabulary related to the topic.


Abc Get Away From It All
Abc HO Answer Sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about space tourism.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of astronomical vocabulary in the context of space tourism.


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

Put students in groups of three or four. In groups students discuss these questions. Would you like to go on holiday in space? Why or why not? What do you think are the two best things and two worst things about a holiday in space?

Pre-teach vocabulary (9-10 minutes) • To present new vocabulary from the text

Show a picture of the earth and elicit word. Ask: How do you spell it? Big E or little E? Why? Can I add an S? Why not? Draw a circle and elicit the word. What kind of word is it? How do I make it an adjective? Elicit meaning of ship and space separately. Ask "What do you think a spaceship is? How do you spell it? Show GIF of revolving door. Ask "What is the door doing?" Clarify that turn can be just 45 degrees but revolve means a fixed point. Draw this on the board if needed. Elicit what kind of word revolve is. Point out that it's frequently said with "around". Write tour and tourist on board and elicit meaning from students. Explain that tourism is business with or from tourists. Drill pronunciation in the sentence "Space tourism is a new thing."

Vocabulary Practice (3-4 minutes) • To check comprehension of vocab

Show visuals of vocab and see if students can make a sentence with each.

Paragraph Headings (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with practice in reading for gist.

Show students that there are 4 paragraphs and a blank for a heading above each one. Point out the headings on the handout and show how they will use those to fill-in the headings. They have 2 minutes. Check answer with a partner.

Answer Detailed Questions (9-10 minutes) • To provide practice in reading for details

Flip handout over and demo how each question will have 4 different answers. Put students in groups to answer questions together and give them 8 minutes.

Reading-for-detail Feedback (2-3 minutes) • To check answers on HOs

Give each group an answer key and have them peer-correct.

Written Response (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to respond to the text

In groups students make a poster for a space tour.

Poster Feedback (3-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on post-reading production

Groups put posters on wall and see each other's work.

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