Liz Liz

B2 Upper Intermediate level


This is a reading lesson about dolpins.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about dolpins

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and review of adjectives about the environment


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

Show Ss pictures of dolphins. Ask Ss "What do you know about how they live?" Ss in pairs/small groups discuss the question. Monitor and help if needed. Take w/c feedback putting some of the Ss' ideas onto a mind-map on the w/b

Pre-Reading/Listening (7-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ask Ss to think of 3 questions that they would like to know about how dolphins live. Ss work in pairs/small groups to write 3 questions. Monitor and help if needed. Take some general FB.

While-Reading #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading tasks

Show Ss the text. Tell them they have 1 minute to skim the text and see if any of their questions are answered. Ss read and answer the questions. Ss check their answers in pairs. Take w/c FB - which of their questions were answered.

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed reading task

Show Ss the T/F questions at the bottom of the text. Elicit the instruction. Give Ss 2 minutes to read through the T/F statements before re-reading the text. Ss read the text and check if the statements are true or false. If they are false, they should correct them so that they are true. Monitor and help if needed. Ss check their answers in pairs. Early-finishers can help other pairs. 1 x Ss comes to the w/b to write up an answer key. Check against the answer key - deal with any statements the Ss are unsure of showing them where to find the answers in the text. 1 - F, 2 - T, 3 - T

Post-Reading - Speaking (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned. To give practice in speaking for fluency through a discussion.

Ask Ss what they learnt from the text and whether any their ideas on the mind-map were correct. Ss work in pairs to decide whether their ideas from the lead-in were correct. Focus Ss on the discussion questions in ex 4. Regroup Ss into groups of 3. Ss discuss the questions in their groups. Monitor and take notes of any errors. Take w/c FB to find out whether the groups agreed or disagreed. Write up some of the errors on the w/b. Ss work in their groups to correct them. Bring Ss to the w/b to correct the errors. Help if needed.

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