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Reading skills

reading skills


In this lesson, students watch a video about active citizens, practise reading skills and prepare a project

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
B1 / Intermediate
75 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


The lesson starts with a warm-up activity in which students match four words (e.g. citizen, neighbour, neighbourhood, local community) with their definitions. They also discuss some questions about their neighbourhood. Then, students complete gaps with words given to create some phrasal verbs and collocations (e.g. give back to the community, get involved, bring people together, find out). The lexis will help students practise reading skills in the second part of the lesson. Next, students do a speaking activity in which they discuss the activities mentioned in the previous task. They also share their experience with community projects. Then, students watch the video for the first time and answer two comprehension questions. While watching the video for the second time, they choose correct answers to three multiple choice questions. After the video, students talk about some ideas mentioned in it. 


In this part of the lesson, students read two texts about community projects and come up with a name for each of them. Then, they read the texts again and complete some notes, e.g. what the goal of each of the projects was, and what the communities did exactly. Both tasks help students practise their reading skills. After that, students talk about the projects and decide how easy or difficult it would be to start them in their communities. Next, students plan a local community project. They need to take some notes about it using the provided prompts (e.g. the goal, what you need to do, how it will help the community). If students find it difficult to come up with an idea for a project, they can use the ideas mentioned throughout the lesson. Finally, students present their project to a partner. They also ask their partner some follow-up questions about their project. 




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  1. caverissimo

    Great discussion topic!

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much!

  2. caverissimo

    And for teachers who might be interested in expanding it, I would also recommend the videos from Netflix animated series “We the people”.

  3. Lignum Nyelviskola

    Inspiring lesson 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Inna

      Thank you for your feedback! We’re happy you liked the lesson 🙂

  4. Valentyna Iazina

    Inna, it is a great and thought-provoking lesson, I tried it with my student and we both were engrossed in the discussion!

    1. Inna

      Thank you for feedback, Valentyna! We’re happy your students enjoyed the lesson 🙂


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