Hussein Yaqoob Hussein Yaqoob

Listening and colours lexis
Beginner A1 level


In this lesson, the students will learn new vocabulary of colors through a range of controlled listening practice. The last part of the lesson will be dedicated to practicing speaking for fluency where the students will have the opportunity to put the new lexis into use through the context of shopping.


Abc English Unlimited Starter, Doff, Cup 2010

Main Aims

  • To give students practice in listening for gist and specific information in the context of shopping

Subsidiary Aims

  • To review lexis related to colours through freer speaking practice for fluency


Pre-listening (6-7 minutes) • To introduce the students to the target language

The T will ask some questions related to shopping clothes: Do you like to buy clothes? What colour(s) do you like to buy? What colours do you wear when you go to a party? What colours do you wear when you visit a friend? The T will start writing the initial letters of the colours they will report and have the Ss complete the rest of the letters while writing.

Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The T will first greet the Ss and then fix multi colours on the board to elicit the word 'colours'. the T will start writing the very word with the help of the Ss to make sure they get it correctly. Afterwards, the Ss will be asked some questions about their prior knowledge of some colours which are almost used in their L1.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To help the students recognize the pronunciation of the colour lexis

The teacher will play the track (SB, P. 41, 1.84) and have the Ss listen to the colour lexis for two times (if necessary). Then, they will drill the words chorally and individually. Afterwards, the T will provide the Ss with cards of different colours. Individually,they will first match the colours with the lexis they have already listened to and then check their answers with their partners which will then be shared with the WC.

Gist Listening (4-5 minutes) • To provide the students with less challenging listening task

The T will play another record (SB, P. 41- track 1.85). First, the Ss will write the initial letters of the names of people who will talk about their clothes and the colours they wear on different occasions and workplaces. While listening, they write these initials next to the colours from 1-8.

Detailed Listening (5-7 minutes) • To provide the students with more challenging detailed listening task

The T will play the same track again (SB, P. 41, 1.85) to let the Ss check their answers and there will be pauses after each speaker. When they finish, they will be in pairs to report their ideas to the partners and then to the WC. When they finish, the Ss will be provided with a HO including simple questions related to the task: How many people spoke in the track? Are they men? Are they women? Are they both men and women? The Ss will first answer these questions individually and then they will be in groups to match their answers which will be later checked with the WC. The teacher will monitor and give FB to the WC.

Lexis Practice (6-7 minutes) • To test the students' comprehension of the TL

The Ss will be provided with a list of colours. In less than a minute, they will check the items they have in the list. Afterwards,they will watch a video that explores a range of colours. Individually, the Ss will tick the ones they watch and cross out those they will not find. The T will monitor and give FB when necessary

Post Listening (10-12 minutes) • To encourage the students to use their productive skills (speaking for fluency)

The Ss will be provided with a HO adapted from the textbook (p. 41, ex.2). It includes clothes and colours lexis. Ss will mingle to ask each other about the clothes they normally wear at home. Then, they will be in pairs ( almost a male with a female) to report their partners answers. The T will circulate to assess the Ss when they need help. The teacher will then write on the WB the potential errors Ss may make and correct them with WC.

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