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Context : Family and Friends - Listening and Vocabulary
A1/A2 Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn about the clans in Scotland through listening. The lesson starts with the colours to check what students already know. They play a game about colours and then they are introduced simple patterns such as spottted, striped, plain and tartan. Finally the teacher sets the context of teaching the target vocabulary : kilt and clan. After context students are asked to answer CCQs and they listen to some descriptions of tartans and identify the referred ones. This is followed by the introduction of the concept of clans as pre-listening supported by CCQs again. For gist listening students turn the page over and listen to two people. They are asked to hear two cities. After that students move on with listening for details. Finally there is a speaking activity as a free practice.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice to students.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide vocabulary for students to relate with the topic.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • Vocabulary- checking what students already know

I will ask students to tell me what I was wearing and asking about the colours of them. After that I will invite a student and stick the word "white" on his/her back and say : "milk, snow, clouds" and ask : "What colour is your card?" Later on students will play this game.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for gist listening

I will introduce some pattern words such as "spotted, striped, plain and tartan" by using ppt as the photocopies are in black and white.I will show them a striped t-shirt, spotted slipper and a plain t-shirt. And elicit answers. I will ask if they have any clothes with these patterns. I will use CCQs to check the meaning. Practice pronunciation and after that they listen to the colours and find the right tartan pattern. After this students will be introduced two key words which are "clan and kilt". I will use the tartan pattern to lead in teaching"kilt" and ask concept check questions : "In which country can we find this pattern?, On what kind of cloth? Do women or men wear this?, Are kilts spotted?" and support with pictures. Before teaching the word "clan" I will show them a picture of men wearing different kilts and ask : "Are they wearing same kilts?" - no Why are they wearing different kilts?" Students discuss in groups - WCFB

While Listening (5-7 minutes) • Gist Listening

I will ask students to listen to two people and tell them to hear two cities. I will use ICQs : "Will you read or listen?, How many cities are you going to tell me? Five or two?" After they finish students will check their answers with their partners to see if their answers same or different.

Listening for Detail (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

I am going to hand out an activity in which students will listen to two Scottish people talking about clans and circle the correct answer in the table. I will monitor the students while they are checking their answers in pairs. If needed I will play the track one more time.

Speaking (8-10 minutes) • to provide personalisation through the context

Students will design new traditional costumes for Turkish people in groups. I will give them speaking prompts on a piece of paper to help them use the language.

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