Intermediate: Reading & Writing Lesson Plans

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The Shrinking Lake

Target Language: Discussing the environment, reading.
Description: A lesson based around environmental problems which has as its focus point an article about Lake Chad. The lesson finishes with a speaking game about different problems in the environment.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R1
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This Car Is Cheap

Target Language: Discussing car choices, car vocabulary.
Description: Students decide what the most important things to consider are when buying a new car. Reading about four people looking to purchase a new car. Car ad vocabulary.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R2
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The Disastrous Date

Target Language: Internet dating, third conditional.
Description: Students meet Bruce and Sheila who have met on a dating site but now ready themselves for meeting in person for the first time. Three different types of reading - chat, e-mail and diary. Grammar focus: third conditional.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R3
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Hook, Line & Sinker

Target Language: Fishing, the passive.
Description: Fishing and fishermen. The tale of one young angler in a reading with a paragraph gap-fill exercise which gets students thinking about textual discourse. Grammar focus on the passive and the reasons for using the passive.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R4
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The Traveling Wilburys

Target Language: Be Used To/Get Used To.
Description: The reading in this lesson is about a traveling circus family and the difficulty the children of the family have in adapting to a new life every time they travel to another country. Some focus on both the form and meaning of be/get used to structures.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R5
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Alternative Medicine

Target Language: Use of infinitive and gerund in sentence patterns, alternative and traditional health care.
Description: The reading in this lesson is a set of four mini-articles recounting four people's experiences of traditional and alternative medicine. There is also a strong focus on verb patterns and the use of gerund/infinitive after certain verbs, adjectives and prepositions.
Duration: 80 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R6
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Wot R U Doin?

Target Language: Online social networks, unconventional/abbreviated English used online.
Description: Students read about the success of Facebook and learn something about the abbreviated English of the chatroom. The main article looks at the negative side of social networking and what can be done to stay safe online.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R7
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Everyday Criminals

Target Language: Talking about minor crimes, reading comprehension, verb patterns.
Description: Students rank minor misdemeanors and then do some vocabulary & phonetics work before the focus of the lesson, a reading about people committing minor crimes. After some reading comprehension exercises, there is some work on higher level verb patterns involving the infinitive and gerund.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R8


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Reading Yourself

Target Language: Composition writing, student self-correction of written work.
Description: A lesson which looks both at how to go about tackling a composition question, but mainly to get students looking at their own errors they make when writing in English: looking at issues such as verb usage, spelling, punctuation and prepositions.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3W1
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The Review

Target Language: Writing a formal letter, deciding on content & style.
Description: A very negative review of your school has appeared in an educational publication. Your students need to formulate a written response to this review, thinking about the content, style and tone.
Duration: 80 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3W2
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Raid On Dawson Industries

Target Language: Writing newspaper article from eyewitness accounts, bias in journalism.
Description: A writing activity based around a raid on an animal laboratory. Your students play the roles of journalists working for different newspapers and magazines - and each publication will present their own side of the story!
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3W3

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