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Listening Lesson - Adam & Eve
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will listen to a recording for gist, detailed listening and contextual guessing tasks. This will be followed by a speaking activity in groups and some error correction in the end of the lesson.


Abc Folded Two Sided (Pink) HO
Abc Adam & Eve Script
Abc Answer Key
Abc Image 2
Abc Adam Eve Picture
Abc Duo Images
Abc Image 3
Abc Image 4

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about Adam and Eve's life after heaven in the context of regrets / daily conversations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice and review of binomial pairs in the context of daily conversations.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

* Show the 1st image for Adam and Eve. - "Who do you think they are?" Change the pictures until you elicit 'Adam and Eve' * Ask Ss what do they know about them. Elicit answers for 1-2 minutes. - "Scientists say they lived in Africa."

While-Listening #1 (6-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist listening task.

* Chest the pink HO. * Tell the Ss that they will listen to a dialogue between Adam & Eve. * "Listen and answer these questions." Warning: "It's a little bit funny. Try not to laugh so hard and concentrate on the answers." -"Are we answering them according to the dialogue?" -Yes - "Don't unfold it yet, please." * Monitor for the answers. * Elicit answers. * Shortly elicit "How do we know?" * Ask Ss to work individually and find a suitable title for the listening. (30 seconds) * Monitor and check what they write. * Tell Ss to form groups of 3-4. No reseating here. * Ask them to compare their titles and decide the best one, quickly. - "You have 1 minute!" * Get one student from each group to write the title they've decided on, on the WB. * Number the titles and make a quick voting.

While-Listening #2 (6-9 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening tasks.

* Instruct Ss to unfold the paper. "You can unfold the paper now." * "We will listen once more. Try to answer these questions according to the text." * We might listen to the recording twice for this task. Monitor and decide if necessary. * When most of the Ss get the answers, get them to peer check. - "Check your answers with your partners." (1 minute) * Elicit answers. Ask for justification for the 3rd question. * If they answer incorrectly for the 4th question, ask why and ask CCQs for 'more or less': - Are we sure about the number? -No. - If we say '20, more or less', could it be 2, 3? -No. Could be 18,19, 21. - Could it be 20? -Yes. * Try to get the weak Ss speak.

Post-Listening #1 (4-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

* Instruct Ss to turn the paper around. Aid with gestures. - "These sentences will be familiar. Can you fill the gaps with these expressions in the box? With your partner." - "Are you working alone?" -No. * Give them around 90 seconds. * Monitor for the answers. * Give out the answer key. * Explain with examples, synonyms, scales or ask CCQs according to Ss comprehension. I can skip the ones that are clearly understood by all the Ss. 'Dos and don'ts': elicit examples of other usage. - dos and don'ts of job interviews, in office, to lose weight. 'Safe and sound': well, out of danger, unharmed 'Sick and tired': very bored, exhausted, too tired 'Sooner or later': eventually, in the short term or in the long term. "Will it happen?" -Yes "When?" -We don't know. 'Head over heels': completely "If I'm head over heels in love with sb, do I love him a lot or a little?" Use a scale here. Ask Ss to decide where it falls between 'extremely' and 'not a bit' * "Have you noticed something, when we say 'alive and well', 'safe and sound', etc.?" - "What happens to 'and'?" - It's weak, reduced... * Make pronunciation drills.

Post-Listening #2 (13-17 minutes) • To provide fluency speaking in a conversation

* Tell students that Adam and Eve were a pair in history. * Elicit a few examples for other pairs, real or fictional. * Ask Ss to pick a piece of paper from inside a small bag. (Tarzan & Jane, Sponge Bob & Patrick, Earth & Moon etc.) - "Don't tell or show anyone who you are!" - The papers will be in 2 different colors, and there will be numbers behind them. * Ask Ss to find the person with the same number. * Give examples / demo - "I have a paper which says '2' on it. I should look for another person who has '2'." * Get Ss to sit down together with their partners. * Project slide for duos on WB. - "You can get help from the WB" * If there are any Ss who are not familiar with the character they have, swap it with somebody else's. * Ask them to write a dialogue similar to the one they have listened. - "You are now the character on your paper. With your partner, write a dialogue similar to the one we have listened." - "In the dialogue, each character / each one of you should speak at least 5 times." * Give them around 4 minutes. * Monitor and collect errors. * After they finish, get the pairs to pair up. eg. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt with Salt & Pepper. - "Don't tell your friends who you are!" * "Ask each other questions to guess who they are." * Give them 2 minutes. * Monitor and collect errors, note them. * Write some errors on the WB while they are still on the speaking task and make error correction.

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