Rebecca Hughes Rebecca Hughes

LP 8
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will focus on listening as their main aim in the context of 'The American Dream', they will focus on 7 listenings from different Americans talking about their thoughts of the American dream. They will then discuss this, and then talk a little about the metaphors used inside the listening activity. I will then end the lesson with a personalized discussion about if Turkey had an American dream. I will focus my lesson using a PPP approach.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using recordings of different people talking about 'The American Dream'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion about their personal thoughts of dreams
  • To provide review and practice of Metaphors


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

To set the context I write 2 questions on the board, the first will say 'what do you think the video is about?' and 'what does she say to make you think this?' After this I will elicit the different contexts and what they believe it is about. I will brainstorm the students ideas on the board, and then from this I will lean towards the definition and meaning of 'the American dream'.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

In pairs, I would like students to discuss whether they believe in this dream or do they think its a myth.Why? Would they like to live the American dream? Why, why not? After their peer feedback, I will have a small class debate on the pros and cons of the American Dream to prepare them for the listening task. ICQ's - Are we writing or talking? (Talking)

Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist information about the listening

The students will listen to the 7 recordings of Americans speaking about their thoughts of the American Dream. They will then categorize these people to whether they are optimistic or pessimistic and why. They will peer check with their partners, then in WCFB justify their answers. ICQ's - are we talking or listening? (Listening) How many people will speak? (7)

Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task

They will listen to the recording again, but this time they must match each speaker to an opinion (HO). They will write the number next to the opinion. After, they will compare their answers with their partners, and then we will review and justify during WCFB. If needed, I will repeat the recordings twice to clarify any unknown parts.

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

Based on what opinions they have learned in the text, they must now decide their own opinion about the American Dream. They will discuss and answer 3 questions, 'Is it enough to work hard and want something to get it? If not, what other factors are important? Is the idea of the American Dream unique to America? Why, why not? Is it a good idea for a country to have a national dream?'

Referring back to the listening... (5-7 minutes) • To provide some vocabulary using metaphors (as seen in the listening)

They will be given the audioscript from the listening activity. From this, I will highlight the metaphors used inside the script. I will then try to elicit any known vocabulary about metaphors. When do we use it, how do we use it etc. After, I will give them a short metaphor matching exercise which includes some vocabulary from the listening activity. They will match the sentences in pairs and then peer check.

If time... (personalized) • To discuss the context within their own country

Students will discuss the question, 'what would be a good national dream for your country? Why?'. In groups of 3 they will decide on 2 dreams which they believe would benefit Turkey and why.

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