Reading can sometimes be a very solitary experience and many teachers prefer to get students to do it at home, but with the right kind of text and the right tasks, reading can be turned into a fun, collaborative and communicative experience.
This lesson exploits an authentic text taken from a British Council 'UKinfocus' website and has a range of quite simple tasks that students work through in groups. There are also a range of suggestions for follow up tasks.
Note this is an old plan, so the webpage it links to is no longer available. You can print out the texts from the lesson plan below though.
Things to do in a city at night
Intermediate and above
- To develop reading skills
- To develop the ability to work co-operatively in a group
- To develop the ability to deduce meaning from context
Lesson Plan: guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.
Download lesson plan 101k pdf
Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:
- Jigsaw reading task
- Collaborative comprehension task
- Vocabulary development task
- Discussion task
Download worksheets 86k pdf
Audio - the complete text
Note: The audio is not essential for the lesson but you may like to use it in class as an optional element.
913Kb Mp3 - Newcastle
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Nik Peachey, teacher, trainer and materials writer, British Council
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