Mária Molnárová Mária Molnárová

Teaching Practice 6
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson students will practise skimming, scanning reading and reading for detail through a text on a carnival as well as fluency in speaking.


Abc Lead-in pictures
Abc Vocabulary pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide practice in reading for gist, scanning reading and reading for detail.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide vocabulary and fluency in speaking in the context of festivals/carnivals.


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

I will write names of a few famous carnival/festival cities in the world (e.g. Rio, Venice...) and ask what they have in common. (Carnivals/Festivals) I will ask Ss whether they know any other ones in Turkey or in the world and whether they've ever been to one. I will ask Ss to tell me what's typical for a festival (things, activities etc.) and write some suggestions on WB. I will put some pictures of a few festivals/carnivals on WB. I will ask the students which one they know and which one they would like to go to.

Pre-Reading (10-11 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students will work in small groups. I will ask them to choose and discuss a festival in Turkey: What is it called? What is the reason for the festival? Where is it held? What happens? What special foods or drinks are there? We'll talk about it when they're done. After discussion I 'll put a picture of a carnival on WB and ask Ss. what kind of things they see in the picture. I will have tags with vocabulary prepared and will ask the Ss to come look at it and stick the tags to their respective pictures if they know where they belong. Then I'll pre-teach vocabulary they don't know and check the meaning of the words they seem to know. We will drill pronunciation.

While-Reading #1 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

I will explain that we are going to read an email diary written during a carnival in Trinidad and give them a HO with the email. I will ask the Ss to read the email and find which items from the WB are not mentioned in the text. They will check in pairs and then we'll check together. I will ask the students to open the HO, where there will be some phrases. They have to write these phrases in the correct gaps in the email. They will check in pairs, then I'll elicit the possible answers (answerkey on WB) and we'll decide on the correct ones.

While-Reading #2 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging scanning reading task

I will ask Ss to look at exercise 4. They will will write down what the words in the exercise refer to. We will do an example together in the beginning. They will check in pairs, then we'll write an answer key on WB.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

I am a foreigner that wants to go to a festival in Turkey, but I don't know any. Students will tell me about one. If they don't know any or haven't been to one, they can think about a speciall occassion instead - a birthday party, a wedding, a concert...anything, but with a condition that there is something they find interesting about it. Make it clear that we will pick the most interesting aspects of a festival in the end, so I can decide which one to go to. They will have 2-3 minutes to think about the event with the help of these questions: Where and when does the festival take place? What does the festival celebrate? What are the festival's special traditions - costumes, drink, music, dance etc.? Who do you go to the festival with? How long does it last? What do you do there? If they have been to the festival they're describing, what did they like the most and least about the festival? What do they find interesting about the festival? Students will prepare answers in pairs or small groups. Each pair or group will tell me about the festival they've chosen for me and we'll talk about the most interesting/unusual experiences.

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