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Lesson #7 CELTA Course. Receptive Skills Lesson: Integrated Skills
Pre-Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • This is an integrated skills lesson: provide listening for gist, specific information and reading in the context of the concept of time

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of time


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Print-out cartoons from p 80, blow them up for ease of visibility. Give the HO to Ss. Put captions on the WB. Ask to match the captions with the pictures. Work in groups, then do WC feedback. Ask Ss if they can explain why did they choose particular captions for the specific picture.

Pre-Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Concept-check target phrases: to spend time; to waste time; to save time; a waste of time; free time. What do you spend too much time doing (On what do you feel you waste your time?) What saves your time in the morning? What do you like doing in your free time? What daily routine do you think is a waste of time? Do you usually work overtime? Then T tells that Ss are going to listen to the text about the concept of time in the English language. Pre-teach currency (system of money in common use) spare time (on the example of my weekend), convert (on the example of money), connected (on the example of rate of ruble and euro).

While-Listening #1 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist listening task

Students listen the text 2.25 p 80 - English concept of time. After that the students are given the task to finish the sentence to summarize the main point of the talk. The sentence is - "Time is..." T. gives to 4 groups HO with the beginning of the sentence. Students should work in groups and finish these sentences. Then WC feedback.

While Listening #2 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task

T gives the cut-outs to each group of students: beginnings of 4 different sentences (one color) and ends of these sentences (different color). Students should match two parts of each sentence. Ex 2 p 80. [Option: Two columns on the WB - Verbs and Nouns. 'spend - money/time; give-, waste-. have-, save-' Students should find and say all the verbs that go with money/time.

Reading for gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T gives Ss HO - the first line of A Tale of Two Cities. T asks Ss to read the abstract and say, what do they think this abstract is from? (is it an article from the newspaper or a magazine, is it a letter to someone? is it a novel?) Give the reasons why do they think so? Tell Ss that this is an abstract from A Tale of Two Cities by Ch.Dickens. Tell when does the action take place. Exercise for the opposites: work in groups of three, find as many opposites in the text as Ss can. Elicit the meaning of the word 'despair'.

Post-Reading (writing and discussion) (7-10 minutes) • to provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what the students have learned

T divides Ss into 2 groups, gives one group a paper with the heading "It is the best of times because...."; another group gets a paper with the heading "It is the worst of times because..." Groups give lists of the reasons why do they think it's the best or the worst of times. Then share feedback with the WC

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