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Teaching Academic Vocabulary and Reading Online Using Online Tools

by Begum Ece Yildiz |

This lesson plan which focuses mostly on vocabulary development and improving reading skills is prepared for teachers/instructors teaching online who would want to spice up their lessons by utilizing some online tools/apps. This lesson plan also aims at arousing interest and increasing student talking time in class by trying to keep them active as much as possible.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Audience: University

Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate

Duration: 3 blocks (3x75 mins)

Materials And Technology:

Some online tools and apps such as Mentimeter, Padlet, Jamboard, Google Docs, and Zoom.


The focus of the lesson is mostly on improving reading skills by understanding and interpreting an academic text, learning new academic words, and transferring some of them into active vocabulary.


The students will have built confidence in reading and interpreting an academic text, recognizing the target words in the chapter, and transferring some of them into their active vocabulary. 

Language Skill: Reading, Vocabulary
Content Area: Social Studies, Life skills, Technology, English for Academic Purposes
Procedure: The step-by-step instructions are provided in the attachment.
Assessment: In this 3-block lesson, the assessment is planned to be made by the students themselves. They will evaluate each group's project work performance on Mentimeter based on factors such as the frequency of the target words that appear in the presentation, creativity, and fluency. 
Differentiation: A vocabulary-in-context exercise that includes the target words in the chapter can be assigned as homework.


Cambridge Online Dictionary

Macmillan Online Dicitionary

Supporting Files:
Reading And Vocabulary Focus 2 Chapter 3 Reading1 2.pdf

TESOL Interest Section: Adult Education, English as a Foreign Language, Higher Education, Teacher Education

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