Amanda Amanda

Copy of Festivals
Beginner A1 level


In this lesson Ss will practice gist reading and reading for details in the context of festivals. As a follow up activity they will discuss which festival they would like to go and their reasons for it. They will also have a chance to practice speaking fluency by interviewvig each other about different festivals.


Abc Speaking HO
Abc Reading handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Fantastic festivals in the context of festivals

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking fluency in the context of festivals


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

Project a picture of one of the famous festivals in your country. Elicit from the Ss what it is and give a short information about it. Ask them which famous festivals they have in their countries. Have them in groups of threes discuss what they usually do in one of the famous festivals they celebrate. Elicit some random answers from the class.

While-Reading#1 (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist task

Have Ss read the text quickly and find the number of festivals mentioned in the text. Set a time limit of one minute. Have them compare their answers in pairs. Check answers with the whole class.

Pre-teaching vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • to provide Ss with the vocabulary that may block their understanding of the text

Elicit the vocabulary items (travel, throw, a kilo, garlic) from the Ss. Concept check the meaning. Drill the pronunciation and put the words up on the board.

While-Reading #2 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed reading task

Have Ss read the article again and answer the questions. Set a time limit of 4 minutes. Get them compare their answers in pairs before having a whole class feedback. Ask for justifications if there is a disagreement.

Post-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Have Ss in pairs discuss which festival they liked and why and which two festivals they would like to go. Monitor and help if necessary. Get random answers from a couple of Ss. Collect errors to be discussed in the delayed error correction session.

Free speaking practice (8-10 minutes) • to provide practice of speaking fluency

Put Ss into pairs A and B and give each student an appropriate worksheet. Give them time to study the information on their worksheets. Give them some help with the useful language. After they get ready have them share the information that they have on their cards. They have to ask questions and fill in the gaps they have. Get feedback from random pairs.

Feedback (2-3 minutes) • to aware Ss of their mistakes

Write a couple of mistakes made in the follow-up and free speaking practice stages on the board. Elicit the corrections from Ss.

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