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Reading Lesson plan
Intermediate (B1+) level


In this lesson students will practice reading as a pre-writing activity through online book reviews.


Main Aims

  • • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information in the context of travel books.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable students to develop their speaking skills through a discussion about book reviews and prepare students for writing.


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

- Open discussion (How do you decide ; -where to go on holiday?/ which books to read?/ which TV shows to watch?) - Do you read travel books or reviews? (pair work) - Where? (online, newspapers, magazines...)

Pre-Reading (7-9 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Show the cover of the book "The book of the World". Give Ss a few ideas to introduce the questions. Write the questions on the board. "What do you think you'd find in the book?" "What information do you think it gives about places?" " Who do you think might buy it?" Ss discuss the questions in pairs. and make predictions. Nominate one student from each pair to share his/her ideas. Monitor, feedback.

While-Reading1 (9-11 minutes) • To provide students read for gist and specific information reading tasks

-Divide the class into two groups - A and B. First group reads the L.A. Seaden and second group reads the Aliya Bakaev. Ask some CCQs to check their understanding. Give the Ss a HO with sentences that ask "Whose opinion is this A/B's? as an initial task. Ss check their ideas in pairs, but still in their groups. Monitor and listen to their ideas. FB (Nominate SS) -Then each group does ex 3b as a group to decide on the star-rating. Ss read the reviews again and answer the question: "How many stars do you think each reviewer gave the book.?" General feedback.

While-Reading 2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

Give each group 3 questions. Each group reads their review again and answers their questions. Then they peer-check within the group. Monitor and check Give each group an answer key to check (FB) Then regroup the class - into pairs - 1 A + 1 B. Ss tell each other about the review they read and compare what the critics thought. Then take some general FB.

Post-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss read the text for the last time to find the adjectives that go with the adverbs in the reviews. Model and drill to explain the words and their collocations. (pronunciation, word stress) -absolutely amazing/stunning -especially clever/helpful -completely different/ wrong -really easy to read/ nice CCQs: What is absolutely amazing in your life?, Who is especially helpful in your family?... Peer check, general feedback.

Free Practice (3-5 minutes) • Speaking

Give Ss a handout including some general questions about what they think of the review and then more generally about the books they read. Ss discuss the questions in their groups. Monitor and take whole class feedback.

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