Meredith Bannon Meredith Bannon

Teaching Practice 6a
intermediate level


The lesson will start with a reading about Dominique Moceanu and her troubles with her parents. Next there will a listening split into first gist and then detailed listening. At the end of the lesson the students will be given a chance to respond to both the listening and reading and give their thoughts. I've included a youtube video of Dominique at the start where the students will be exposed to real world listening practice.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about 'child sport stars' in the context of the Olympics.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about 'child sport stars' in the context of Dominique Moceanu.


Warm-Up/Lead In (3-4 minutes) • Set the context and engage the students

----YOUTUBE VIDEO CLIP----- 2:35 second video clip. With Dominque Moceanu. I will just play the clip and afterwards ask if they know who she is. Ask if they know anything about her.

Pre-Listening (3-4 minutes) • To prepare the students for the text

Since the article title is a bit unusual I will project the title and a picture of Dominique Moceanu on the WB. -----WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS ABOUT?-------- Let them speak. Try and get a response from the quieter students. Then scroll down and introduce the vocabulary. Try and have them guess what the vocabulary means in the context of the reading. She is a gymnast. She is 17 years old. She wants a divorce? Was she married? Her parents? What do they have to do with it? And why is money important? Do you think she is rich?

While Reading (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with an easy gist reading task

First project the question up on the board. Read through them with the students and make sure they understand. -----HANDOUT 1-------- You have 3 minutes to read through and decide what it is about. At the end of the 3 minutes have the students shout out their answers. ANSWER is 3!! Circle the quotes on the board : kill myself, I never had a childhood, Don't you guys know anything besides gymnastics? Go through each one (if you are good on timing) Ask if the students have any idea what they mean? Read the meanings to them. This will be good practice to set up the listening.

Post-Reading (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with a chance to talk about the text

Read the questions for the students to make sure they understand. If they have vocabulary questions ask if anyone knows what they mean to have the students explain to each other. Put the students in pairs and have them discuss them together for 3 minutes. Feedback: Have them shout out the sacrifices and then ask for a yes or no to was it worth it?

Pre-Listening (2-2 minutes) • To introduce the topic of the listening

Project the questions for the reading. LISTEN TO A PSYCHOLOGIST TALKING ABOUT CHILD SPORTS STARS AND ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS Read them to the class to make sure they understand. What is a phenomenon? What about psychologist? Definition is written down with stress on teacher's copy.

While Listening #1 (7-8 minutes) • To provide the students with a simple task to understand the listening

Play the listening. UPDATE - How long is it?!! Feedback: Ask the questions. If they don't get the answers (and there is time) play the listening again. 1. Tennis and gymnastics 2. No, he doesn't. From a physical, psychological and a human point of view. ------Language Notes------ If there is time go through the concepts with the class asking first if they know what they mean. Maybe write them on the board?

While listening #2 (10-11 minutes) • To provide the students with a more challenging listening task

------Handout 2------- 1 minute quickly read through the different points. I'm going to play the listening again and you will put the points in order. Once the listening is over put the students in two groups. Hand out the 2 cut-ups of the points. If time play listening again. As a group put them in order Feedback: Have 1 group read the first, the other group read the second etc.

Flexi-stage Discussion (4-5 minutes) • To provide the students a chance to respond to the text.

Discussion questions in a group: Should there be a minimum age at the Olympics? What age? What if countries cheat? It is fair to the children?

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