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Reading lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about some new vocabulary and practice with some fixed expressions through guided discovery based on a reading text about the multiple intelligences. The lesson starts from a discussion about what IQ is. This is followed by a reading for gist and a reading for details practice where relate the text to some abilities. Finally there is some controlled practice through language focus and a free practice via a discussion speaking activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about multiple intelligences in the context of abilities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of abilities


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in the topic of different abilities

Briefly check Ss' names. Write a sentence from the previous lesson on the w/b with only initial letters for each word. Act and elicit Ss to say the sentence together. (I'm considering doing a degree in music.) Model and drill. From the sentence elicit Ss to talk about today's topic: abilities. Ask Ss what IQ test is and if anyone has ever taken it. Discuss it in open class.

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

Show Ss a PPT of 7 different activities, guide Ss to think and talk about what abilities they need to achieve these activities. Give HO1 to Ss and ask them to read for main idea. Match the activities with the possible intelligences in 2 minutes. Peer check when they finish it. FB - ask for volunteers to share their possible answers.

Clarification (4-6 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the new vocabulary

Show some anticipated new words on the w/b by using PPT. Check Ss' understanding and pronunciation of these new words. Model and drill if necessary.

While-Reading (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading task

Give Ss 3 minutes to read the text again individually. This time they should think about the jobs before discussing their ideas in pairs. Monitor aside and help if necessary. Peer check - share their ideas in pairs. FB - Ask one or two Ss to share their ideas. (Encourage less talktive Ss to share their ideas first.)

Language Focus (6-7 minutes) • To provide students with a controlled practice of the target language before the follow-up speaking activity

Ask Ss to focus on the highlighted expressions in the text and the options a-d. Ask Ss to identify the pattern. Ss work in new pairs in 2 minutes. Monitor and pay attention to problem areas. Ask them to stand up and share their answers with another pair in 1 minute. FB - W/C talk about the answers in open air.

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

Ask Ss which intelligences they have and write four sentences about their abilities and skills in 3 minutes. Remind them they should explain their ideas and give examples. Monitor and help where necessary. Ask Ss to share their ideas in small groups. Remind Ss to use English and the target language. Monitor and note down their good language and errors. FB - give some examples of using good language errors.

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