Nithya Thushar Nithya Thushar

Elementary group level


In this lesson the students will practise listening for gist and listening for specific information in the context of a party. The students will also revise the use of present continuous and present simple in the form of completing a table to describe people in the party. In the end of the lesson students will practise speaking through an information gap activity.


Abc Interactive white board
Abc New Headway, Elementary Students Book, the Third Edition
Abc powerpoint
Abc White Board

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, the ss will have practised listening for gist, listening for specific information and listening for detail.

Subsidiary Aims

  • The students will revise the use of present continuous and present simple in the context of describing people in a party. They will also practise speaking through a information gap exercise.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will ask the students what are their plans for the weekend. They can tell their friends their plans for the weekend. Give them a minute T to tell them that she is planning to go for a party. T tells ss that she is taking her friend Maya with her to the party. Her friend is Maya is new to Dubai and does not know anyone at the party. T wants to describe her friends to Maya so that she does not feel lonely at the party. T sets the context for describing people in the present simple and present continuous form.

Pre-Reading/Listening (12-15 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T elicits answers for describing people in general through pictures in the context of describing her friend. - What do their work as? (pilot, musician, writer) /where do they live(in a big house, in the flat upstairs). T elicits answers for describing people in present continuous form- at the party(she is wearing a white dress, They're dancing, He is wearing a white shirt) words to be highlighted - pilot/writer/musician sentences to be highlighted - He travels the world, she writes books, she lives in a big house(present simple) sentences to be highlighted - She is wearing a white dress. They're dancing, He is wearing a white shirt (present continuous ) Elicit answers for difference between the sentences. One is present continuous and the other is present simple. Present simple - sentence on the flip chart - elicit form - form on the board Present continuous - sentence on the board - form on the board. CCQ: Present simple - Is it happening now? Can she see them doing it now? Can she see Jane writing the book? Can she see John travelling? CCQ: Present continuous - Is it happening at the time of speaking? Have they finished doing it? Has she stopped dancing now?

While Listening #1 (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist task and specific information tasks

Listening for gist. Divide the class into 4 groups. T to demonstrate clearly. T distributes pictures of the party and asks them to listen and tell her how many people are talking in the audio? (1m) ICQ- Are you writing? Are you working with your partner? Feedback from whole class T to demonstrate clearly. SS to listen to the audio and write the names of the people at the party in the boxes provided. After writing talk to your partner. ICQ- Are you speaking? Are you working alone? Are you writing long answers ? Visual feedback on PPT.

While Listening #2 (10-11 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

T to demonstrate activity three. T to distribute the sheets and ask ss to fill in the table provided in present continuous and present simple forms. Demo carefully. ask students to refer to the board for the form and the marker sentences placed in colour. After they complete talk in groups to see if they have the same answer. T - ICQ's - Are you writing in column 1 or 2? Are you writing about their job/where they live in column 1? Are you writing about what they are doing now in column 2? Are you working alone Feedback on ppt on the board.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T to arrange students in a way that partners are facing the opposite direction. T to demonstrate very carefully. Each team has to tell how many differences they found? T to tell them that they will work with a partner. Both of them will face the opposite side. If all students are not present and we cant make pairs, 3 people to work together in one group. Arrange carefully. ICQ's - Are both of you talking at the same time? Will you show your picture to your partner? Will you say one word or speak in sentences? Will you talk in arabic in between?

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