Monica Montanaro Monica Montanaro

Copy of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
A1 level


In this lesson, students are introduced to a reading about “UNESCO World Heritage Sites”. The lesson starts by having the students talk about some pictures of cultural and natural sites. After that, students are introduced to vocabulary items about some geographical features mentioned in the text. In addition, they are introduced to direction vocabulary. After that, students listen to an audio on the reading and do some listening tasks. Next, they read the text and do different tasks. Finally, theyt talk about some cultural or natural sites in their country.


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Main Aims

  • To provide listening and reading practice for general idea and for details using a text about "UNESCO World Heritage Sites".

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and clarification of some 'geographical features' vocabulary in the context of 'Cultural and Natural Sites'.
  • To practice guided speaking about some cultural and natural sites


Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set the context of the lesson and to activate schemata (prior knowledge) about the topic of the text

T displays projections of some cultural and natural sites that students might be familiar with. Sts have a guided Q&A conversations in pairs. T conducts feedback by asking students about their answers and providing the answers if students fail to do it.

New Vocabulary: geographical features (3-5 minutes) • To provide clarification on new vocabulary (related to the text)

T displays a projection that includes the seven new vocabulary items; a mountain, a lake, a forest, a desert, a river, an island,and a national park. T elicits the words from sts if possible. If not, T provides the new vocabulary, checks meaning by asking sts to give examples of the new words from their own country, and finally drills pronunciation.

Exercise on vocabulary (3-5 minutes) • To practice the new vocabulary

T distributes a HO including a vocabulary exercise on the words they have just been introduced to. Sts complete the exercise. T conducts feedback by having sts listen to the answers.

New Vocabulary: directions of a compass (3-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning of directions, using the photos of a compass and a map (in the book)

T displays a projection of a compass on the WB and elicits the directions if possible. T provides practice and drilling of directions. T displays a google-map image of the students' hometown and elicits sentences about neighboring cities.

Practicing compass directions (3-5 minutes) • To practice new vocabulary

T distributes HO about the map on p42 of the book. Sts complete the exercise and check in pairs. T monitors and supports sts.

Listening for gist (2-4 minutes) • To provide practice in listening for gist

T explains the task to sts. Sts will listen to an audio track and choose the main idea of the audio. T distributes HO and plays audio track n2.40. As the main aim in this lesson is both listening and reading, sts listen to the text without reading it. T conducts feedback.

Listening for details (3-5 minutes) • To provide practice in listening for specific details

T distributes another HO to students and plays the audio again. Sts complete another listening exercise about details from the audio. Sts check in pairs. T plays the audio again if most sts do not the right answers. T conducts WCFB.

Reading for gist (2-4 minutes) • To provide practice in reading for the main idea of the text

Before the lesson has started, T sticks the reading text to the wall. Next to it, T sticks 3 slips of paper. One of which is the title of the text. T divides the class into three teams (depending on the number of the sts). T demonstrates the task. Sts have 30 seconds to decide the best title and go back to their seats. T conducts feedback.

Reading for details (5-7 minutes) • To provide practice in scan reading for specific information

T disributes another handout with numbers. Sts need to go and find what the numbers refer to. Sts do this in turn if they are pairs. T conducts FB. Based on these numbers, sts do exercise 2 (reading and listening). Sts complete the exercise and check in pairs. T monitors and checks if needed.

(Optional) Wrap-up with a mini-conversation (2-4 minutes) • To offer students the chance to personalize the topic and to provide a smooth transition to the next part of the lesson

T writes the question. "Are there cultural or natural sites in Turkey?" T can write some responses on the board. T can show the students the website of UNESCO World Heritage sites and show them the registered sites in Turkey if there is time.

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