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Three unusual hotels

  1. 1. “ Three unusual hotels” Reading activities María Ángeles Hidalgo
  2. 3. Pre-reading activities <ul><li>Activities to predict the content : </li></ul><ul><li>Read the title. What do you think the text is about? Write down some of your ideas and share them with your partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing, listening & speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>To raise ss’ interest in the topic, creating expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Predictions: No right or wrong answer. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop cooperation and interaction in the class  Increasing confidence of weaker/shy ss. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Guessing game: SS ask questions to guess the topic of the text. The teacher can only answer yes or no. They can work in pairs and, if necessary, have a few minutes to prepare the questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Speaking, listening, writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Revising interrogatives sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Present simple. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Look at the photos above. What is unusual about these buildings? Which hotels do you think are going to appear in the text? Discuss your ideas in pairs. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Skills: Speaking & listening. </li></ul><ul><li>To introduce the topic using visual aid. </li></ul><ul><li>To give the ss. a purpose to read the text. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop cooperation and interaction in the class  Increasing confidence of weaker/shy ss. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher gets feedback from different pairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 4 minutes. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Follow up activity: </li></ul><ul><li>Write four questions you think will be answered in the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Writing, listening, speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>To practise making questions and vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>To give the ss. a purpose to read the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher gets feedback and writes the answers on the board. Ss. correct possible mistakes  Peer teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 7 minutes </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>What do you think comes next? Can you give your ideas about these unusual hotels? ( Teacher reads out): </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Magic Tree House, in …, is… </li></ul><ul><li>The Ice Hotel is in… </li></ul><ul><li>To spend a night at Jules Underwater Lodge in… </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Listening, speaking, reading & writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss work in groups of three. Whole class feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>To know ss knowledge on the topic. </li></ul><ul><li>To raise ss interest and create expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Activities to predict the vocabulary : </li></ul><ul><li>Which words do you think will appear in the text? Write them down. Share your ideas with your partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Writing, speaking & listening. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss take notes individually, then compare answers with a partner  Confidence Feedback  Mind map on the board. </li></ul><ul><li>To increase motivation and create expectations. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Read the title. Which of these words do you think will appear in the text? </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing, listening & speaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on the level of our ss, we can ask them to give us the reason of their choice. </li></ul><ul><li>This activity is an adaptation of the previous one for lower level ss. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>waitress bathrooms windows car park bedrooms adventure dentist ice-cream sea swimming pool ice guests
  10. 11. <ul><li>After any of these activities ss read the text and check their answers. </li></ul><ul><li>The time spent on these activities should be short. </li></ul><ul><li>We should not use all these activities to deal with one text; we should use those we consider more appropriate for the characteristics of our group. </li></ul>
  11. 12. While-reading activities <ul><li>Select the best title for the following text: </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-skill: Skimming </li></ul><ul><li>To get the general idea of the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 3 minutes. </li></ul>Three unusual hotels Travelling around the world Going on holidays
  12. 13. <ul><li>Look at the pictures, which buildings appear in the text? </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Read the text and answer the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Can you name some of the activities guests can do while staying at the Green Magic House Hotel? </li></ul><ul><li>In which hotel is everything made of a quite unusual building material? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it very cold in the Ice Hotel? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What the guests’ favourite activity at the Jules Underwater Lodge? </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>True or false? Correct the false sentences and make them true. </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Magic Tree House is a perfect place for everybody. </li></ul><ul><li>The beds at the Ice Hotel are very cold. </li></ul><ul><li>There are not many activities to enjoy while staying at the Ice Hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>The Jules Underwater Lodge’s entrance is under the sea. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Read the text. Which hotels are these things connected to? Why are they mentioned? </li></ul>ice food large windows glasses bridge reindeer skins ladders
  16. 17. <ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-skill: Scanning/reading for detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss first read the questions and then scan the text to answer them. </li></ul><ul><li>To find specific information and reject irrelevant information. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>We can add multiple choice answers if we consider the level is not appropriate. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Read the text about three unusual hotels, and complete it with the words below. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is made of ice, _____ in this part of the world is crystal clear. The walls, the floors, the ceilings, ___ even the furniture are all made of ice. The beds are made of ice, too, ___ gueste sleep on warm reindeer skins. ______ it can be -37 degrees centigrade, ___ inside it feels quite comfortable. The hotel has a bar, _____ guests can drink vodka from glasses made__ ice. It’s very popular – ______ there isn’t much else to do. </li></ul>of and where outside so which but because
  18. 19. <ul><li>This paragraph should be inserted in the text, that is, ss should not have the original text since in that case they would just copy the answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-skill: Understanding the relationship between sentences and clauses. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>If we consider the level is too low for our ss, we can leave out the box with the words. </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Put the following sentences in order: </li></ul><ul><li>You can go from one tree house to the other on a rope bridge. </li></ul><ul><li>Both houses have two floors. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two treehouses to choose from, </li></ul><ul><li>You can get up to the rooms and move betwee floors by using ladders. </li></ul><ul><li>one 30 meters and the other 35 meters above the floor. </li></ul><ul><li>The houses sometimes move about in the wind but the views are fantastic. </li></ul><ul><li>The bedrooms are above a living area and there are bathrooms and showers. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>We can cut out the lines and hand them out to ss as a cards game. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing. </li></ul><ul><li>To recognise the organization of the text  Descriptions, from general to details. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss work in pairs or groups of 3. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Class feedback  Reading out loud. </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>Look at the bold words in the text. Can you guess what they mean? See if you can infer the meaning from the text. How do you pronounce them? Share your ideas with your partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, speaking, listening. </li></ul><ul><li>Deducing the meaning of unknown words. </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Getting/developing strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 5 minutes. </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>Match the highlighted words with their meanings: </li></ul><ul><li>________ Piece of equipment which is used to reach high places, consisting of short steps fixed between two long sides . ________ The surface of a room which you can see when you look above you ________ Something that makes you feel relaxed and do not cause any pain. ________ Someone who designs buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>________ One of the vertical sides of a room or building. </li></ul><ul><li>________ Someone who is staying in a hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>________ The surface that you walk on inside a building. </li></ul><ul><li>________ A structure that is built over a river, road, etc so that people or vehicles can go across it. ________ An area of land, usually in tropical countries, where trees and plants grow close together. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Post-reading activities <ul><li>Taking as a model the description of one of the hotels we have read, write a description of your dream hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>Skill: Writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 15 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>This activity can also be set as homework. </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>Imaging you are staying at one of the hotels. Write an e-mail to a friend telling him or her about your experience there. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Practising the format and expressions for writing an informal e-mail (only if we have previously worked on this, and ss have a model to follow). </li></ul><ul><li>We can have our ss write a real e-mail to us.  Use of Information technology to communicate. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Which of these three hotels would you like to stay at? Look for more information about the cities where the hotels are and plan your holiday there. You need to find out about transport, places to visit and activities to do and restaurants. Remember your are staying there for three days. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use these websites: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.keralahotels.us/hotels-in-wayanad/green-magic-tree-house.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.keralatourism.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.icehotel.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Sweden/Norrbottens_Laen/Jukkasjaervi-190887/TravelGuide-Jukkasjaervi.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jul.com/ </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>Skill: Reading, writing </li></ul><ul><li>Competence in processing information and use of ICT. </li></ul><ul><li>Competence in knowledge and interaction with the physical world. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 40 minutes. </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>Listening activity. Audio about the Ice Hotel in Sweden: We could use it as a follow up exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/man-made/3468/Overview#tab-Videos/05239_00 </li></ul><ul><li> Video about the Ice Hotel </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>You have just come back from your holidays at one of these unusual hotels. You meet a friend and tell him/her about your holidays. Prepare a dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Reading, writing, speaking & listening. </li></ul><ul><li>Ss prepare a role-play. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of everyday English expressions. </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of asking questions + past tense. </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 20 minutes. </li></ul>

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