Johanna Kuhn Johanna Kuhn

Listening lesson about travel tips for New Zealand
Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using an interview in the context of travel to New Zealand

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice by presenting to the whole class in the context of giving travel advice to a foreign friend for a trip to Turkey


Warmer/Lead-in (7-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Bring world map and pin to wall in the classroom. Which 10 countries do you think ranked highest in the world tourism rankings? Try to guess with a partner. ----- Get the students into 2 groups and give each groups pieces of papers with 10 country names. Get each of the groups to pin the sheets of paper next to the WB in the correct order, vertically, according to the tourist numbers. ----- Compare. Resolve using the PPT. --- Ask: what is a place that you would like to visit that is not on that list. And why? Elicit answers from the class.

Pre-Listening vocabulary clarification (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I show them a number of words from the text on the PPT. Students who can explain the vocabulary should raise their hands. Students can "win" the cards by saying a sentence containing the word, for example the word’s opposite (using the sentence ‘The opposite of ______ is _____’) or a synonym (‘Another word for ________ is _______'). Words that cannot be solved: Elicit, check, drill (see teacher's handout) ---- So these words will be in the text. Show them a picture from Lord of the Rings that was shot in New Zealand. Where do you think this is?

While-Listening #1 (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging specific information listening tasks

You will hear a dialogue about planning holiday activities. Listen and tick the boxes next to the sights and activities the woman suggests. Give handout 1. Listening. Check with your neighbor. Feedback with whole class. I show the pictures of those sights to the students and they can guess which these are - these are the ones the woman suggests. ---- So which country are they talking about?

While-Listening#2: (5-6 minutes) • to provide students with a more challenging listening for detail task

Give the students a basic map of New Zealand and have them draw the route that Monica is recommending Todd to take on his trip. Listen a second time. Compare the maps in your group. Does she prefer the Northern or the Southern Island? Show the empty map on PPT to the students and let them draw it - solution is on the following slide if they have difficulties

While-Listening #3 (6-7 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed "useful language" listening tasks in preparation for the speaking activity

Listen to the conversation a third time. Note the phrases that Monica is using to recommend activities to her friend. (fill in the gaps) compare in your group and check if they found any phrases that you didn't find. Finally teacher displays the phrases on PPT and keeps them up for the final speaking exercise for the students to use.

Post-Listening (10-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Prepare: 3 large sheets of papers with a basic map of Turkey. Help a foreign friend to plan their own holiday in Turkey. What are the must-see places? (3 or 4 places you must see) What itinerary would you propose? Should they visit your home town (if not Istanbul)? What are the best places to see in Turkey? Are there any specific activities you would recommend them to do? Write down some ideas. Work in groups. Discuss your ideas. Draw the itinerary on a large sheet of paper. Now present your ideas to the whole class and explain the itinerary and the recommended places to visit. One student from another group can interview the other group and ask questions. Then it's the others' turn. I make notes of common mistakes and good language. Delayed error correction.

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