The benefits of reading books

Lesson plan overview

This intermediate ESL lesson plan is focused on speaking. Students will discuss their reading habits and various aspects of reading books, will learn vocabulary to talk about different genres, book formats, and adjectives to describe books, and will watch a short video about the benefits of reading. It can be combined with the worksheet “Phrasal verbs: books and reading”.
The first 2 tasks are speaking tasks: first, students ask and answer 11 questions about books, reading, and their reading habits. Next, they discuss 3 quotes about reading.
Vocabulary: Students take a look at a table, containing book genres, book formats, parts of books and stories, and adjectives to describe books. They need to find the words that have been misplaced and put them in the correct category. Then they practise these vocabulary by answering a few questions that would elicit various words from the previous activity.
Listening: Students watch a video: “Why you should read every day – benefits of reading”, and complete the notes given with the words they hear. This is an additional practice of the words learned earlier in the lesson.
Speaking: Students are given a few controversial statements about books and reading and are asked to debate the statements.
Writing: Suitable for homework, the last task is for the students to write a book summary.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

… it can also help you acquire more knowledge.
This is understandable because fiction in particular puts so much focus on the characters‘ emotional and mental states and does a great job of helping readers understand what the other characters are thinking and feeling at any given time.
After all it’s the reason that self-help books exist and I know that in today’s culture, at least in American culture, self-help books are looked down on and …
It was a very therapeutic experience at least for me it may have been completely different for someone else to read the book.

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