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Waseem Khan News Story Speaking & Writing
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will practice speaking about news stories, newspapers, and news media. Then they will practice writing their own news story using the vocabulary given to them.


Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a news story in the context of important happening

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation and discussion in the context of news stories
  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about news stories in the context of important


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

The Ss will look around the classroom and will read the news headlines displayed on the walls. They will discuss these news headlines in pairs and then everyone will tell two things about any one of the news headline.

Controlled speaking Activity (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through speaking

The Ss will go through the questionnaire about news and newspapers themselves and will think of the answers. They will add two more questions they will ask the partners about the news. In pair the students will ask four questions from the questionnaire including their own. The teacher will monitor and will give feedback in open class.

Useful Language (2-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

The teacher will write all the vocabulary words on the board and elicit their meanings.

Productive Task (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Since it is a mixed ability class, the Ss will do this task in pairs, comprising of one weaker student and one stronger student. They will write a short news story using all the vocabulary written on the board. The teacher will circulate and will sure that weaker students also contribute their ideas. This is a fluency writing exercise, so the students will get the ideas down on the paper and will not focus too much on accuracy at this point.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

The students will display their stories on the board. All the students will walk around and read the stories. They will decide which one they like the best. The teacher will give the feedback to the whole class and will do any delayed error correction.

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