Olga Olga

TP 5. Power and money
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson students will practice listening and speaking. At first, to motivate students and to get them interested in the topic we will have a short lead-in, then a new vocabulary (from the listening task) will be introduced. There will be 2 listening exercises, followed by speaking. Speaking ought to make the lesson more personalized.


Main Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about rhetoric in the context of power and money.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of power and money.


Lead in (2-3 minutes) • To get students interested.

I want to start the lesson telling students that yesterday, when i was thinking about "our" topic i looked liked a woman on my picture. Then, write the word "rhetoric" on the board and ask students what they know about it. Their ideas will be written on the board.

Pre-Listening/ Eliciting /new voc. (5-7 minutes) • To get students ready for the listening.

Students will already have their copies, so i will ask them to read the first exercise and explain how they understand "rhetoric" now. They will have 1 min. I should check if students know the word "frequently", then i will show the picture again and ask how i felt, did i understand what does "rhetoric" means? Was it clear for me? This way i will elicit the word "obscure". Then, i will ask why we use rhetoric. I will elicit words "to persuade" "to argue" "to employ". *** Questions for eliciting: So why do politicians use rhetoric? When can we use rhetoric? (pic) Can you find a synonym to the verb "to use"? So do we need rhetoric? Is it important? Can you find a synonym to the word "important"?

Listening-1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide listening for gist and details.

We will start from the second exercise. Students will listen 2 or 3 times ( if they need). At first they should look through the exercise, read questions. Then, they will just listen, not write, to understand what it is about. After that, students will listen 1 or 2 times to answer questions. Questions are not very easy, so students may not to understand and not to answer properly, so they will need feedback, they need to discuss their answers. Students will talk for 1 min in pairs, discussing answers, then i will give them printed answer key.

Listening-2 (8-9 minutes) • Listening for details.

Students will listen to the record twice, at first they will need to read and understand the task. Then, students will listen to get the gist of the record, the next time they will listen and try to find answers. It is very likely, that students may find out techniques but not to understand what they mean, so we will discuss their meanings in the open class, it will also provide some speaking practice.

End of the lesson (7-9 minutes) • It should provide some speaking practice and help students to relax.

Students sill be divided into 3 groups by pulling a piece of paper with a picture ( a heart a star or the sun). Each group will get a picture of a superhero ( Superman, Batman or Spider man). They will also get a few useful phrases, that they can use. Students will have 5 min to discuss in groups why their superhero should be elected as a president. Students should try to use techniques, discussed in the second listening exercise. Students will also get some hints - the list of famous skills of their superheroes. Then they will present their superheroes to the class. This activity will be followed by feedback.

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