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straightforward elementary U4c - Do the housework
Elementary level


Vocabulary, listening & grammar in the context of who does the housework.


Main Aims

  • To give Ss the opportunity to practise the integrated skills of listening for specific information and controlled and semi-controlled speaking for accuracy and fluency through the context of “who does the housework”.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce and give controlled and semi-controlled practice in the lexical set/collocations for talking about housework (e.g. do the ironing vs make the beds).


Warmer/Lead-in (7-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students. To find out what they know about the lexis.

Use visuals to elicit idea of housework. Elicit some related lexis – e.g. do the dishes. Ss in pairs brainstorm other household jobs w/c FB

Pre-Listening (Vocabulary) (10-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible & to introduce Ss to target vocab, to focus them on meaning & pronunciation

Ss in pairs/small groups match phrases to pictures on walls - note there are some extra vocab cards with no pictures. Monitor & encourage Ss to self-correct if needed – early-finishers help slower Ss w/c FB - Get Ss to mime to show meanings of extra items. Check - Which one is not housework? - make a phone call. Drill items from visuals (removing words as needed)

Personalise/consolidate vocabulary (8-8 minutes) • To consolidate the lexis & give Ss semi-controlled speaking practice.

Model questions with 1 or 2 Ss - Do you ...? Use visuals as prompts Ss in pairs ask & answer about the housework they do – e.g. Do you make the bed? using small visuals as prompts Monitor - & help if needed Take some general w/c FB

While-Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging specific information listening task

Ask who usually does the housework in their houses. Show male/female pics to elicit ideas. Give listening title – ".... % of men don't do the housework, new survey says" Check Ss know what a survey is (model doing a survey in the street to help) Elicit guesses about the percentage - give options - 50%, 75%, 80% Explain Ss will listen to a radio programme, find out the percentage & hold up visuals of lexis (housework) when they hear it mentioned. Give out the visuals. Ss listen and check - if necessary pause listening after first item mentioned to check they know to hold up the visuals. Ss peer-check – w/c FB

While-Listening #2 (12-14 minutes) • To provide students with further practice in listening for specific information and detail

Ask Ss if they can remember who is talking on the radio programme – elicit characters Ss in pairs talk about what they remember – who does what – using p. 46 ex 3 about Ralph, Ralph’s mother, Tom and Tom’s wife. Ss listen & check their answers. Ss peer-check – then check with answer keys

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

Get Ss’ response to listening – Are they surprised? Is it the same in Turkey? Ss in pairs talk about what housework men & women do in Turkey. General w/c FB

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