An Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan on Books and Reading

Are you looking for a fun lesson to help your students practice speaking and expand their vocabulary? Well, look no further because this ESL lesson plan on books and reading is perfect for your next class. Keep scrolling to locate the free lesson download as well as for instructions on how to teach it.

When to teach this lesson plan on books and reading

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce vocabulary around books and reading. Students will learn about technical vocabulary and use this to answer questions and analyze text. You should use this lesson with students at the intermediate level. Specifically, you should use this lesson with students who are looking to improve their speaking skills. Ultimately you will provide students with controlled and free tasks to promote fluency in speaking. 

Before you teach, keep in mind…

For our speaking lessons aimed at Intermediate proficiency level and above, there is no reading activity section in the middle of the lesson. When dealing with speaking topics at higher levels of proficiency, we advise you to familiarize yourself with your students’ cultural background along with the lesson content, to ensure that lesson material is not offensive or inappropriate.

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What does this lesson plan on books and reading include?

This lesson includes many activities that help to elicit vocabulary. So it includes several questions and discussion prompts as well as images. This lesson is for advanced students so the questions should be used as conversation starters. These questions will help you to learn more about your student and his/her/their lives and opinions. In addition, this lesson includes quotes for students to describe and analyze. Though this lesson plan on books and reading is only 15 slides it contains ample opportunities for students to learn about authors, writers, characters and genres. 

How to teach this lesson

This lesson includes lots of questions that encourage students to respond to questions. So, throughout the lesson be sure to explain the purpose of these inquiries as some students may not understand them entirely. Also, when introducing vocabulary words, you should provide examples to create context and further clarity. For example, when you introduce what a character is, ensure that you can give an example of a character that the student is familiar with. I know that the Disney characters are well known by ESL students of all ages and levels.

In addition to this, you can prompt your students to ask you questions. This will create a wonderful opportunity to promote dialogue between you and your student(s). It also allows students to practice using new vocabulary words in conversational English. 

Finally,  during this lesson you should encourage students while providing constructive feedback. It is important that at the intermediate level students get this feedback as they inch closer to fluency in English. In any case, you should take your time while teaching this lesson on books and reading; do not rush through the content!

But wait, there’s more!

Did you know that when you download a free Off2Class account you can gain access to over 150 free lessons that come with supplemental teacher notes? If not, find out more information here. We also have lots of free ESL lessons you can access without making an account, check them out here. Lastly, we want to hear from you! How did you find this lesson? Please, let us know in the comments below. We at Off2Class are always excited to hear what teachers have to say, whether it’s related to us or not. 

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