Alice Park Alice Park

Listening and Vocabulary: Public Art
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be going through a listening exercise about public art projects. The listening exercise will also lead into "-ever" vocabulary words. Students will go through a series of exercises based upon the learning exercise, as well as exercises based upon "-ever" vocabulary usage.


Abc Listening
Abc Additional Vocabulary Handout
Abc Listening & Vocabulary Handout
Abc Whatever! Activity

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a listening exercise about public art.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of "-ever" words in the context of phrases and conversations.


Warmer (3-4 minutes) • To elicit the idea of public art, and to have students discuss their opinions on public art.

T will show 3-4 photos of public art pieces, the first 3 being from Turkey, and the last one being from T's hometown (Chicago). As T shows the pictures, she will ask the Ss if they know where these art pieces are found. After showing the pictures, T will ask the Ss to discuss in pairs, which art piece they liked best and why.

Gist Listening (7-8 minutes) • To have students listen to the listening exercise for gist.

T will post up three questions on the board for Ss to think about and answer after listening to the exercise: 1) Why has the woman been invited to take part in the interview? 2) What does she do in her job? 3) What does she think about public art projects? After the listening exercise, T will have the Ss discuss their answers in PW. T will monitor the class, and after a few minutes, T will call on a couple Ss to share their answers.

Detail Listening (7-8 minutes) • To have students listen to the listening exercise for detail.

T will explain to the Ss that they will listen to the listening exercise again, and will have to complete the sentences on the handout. T will pass out the handout to the Ss, and give them a couple seconds to read over the sentences. Then, T will play the listening exercise again. After the exercise, T will have the Ss check their answers in pairs. If Ss seem to have trouble with the answers, T will pass out a tapescript of the listening and have the Ss go through the tapescript in pairs to check their answers (If the Ss seem like they have all of the answers, T will not pass out the tapescript, but will have Ss come up and put their answers on the WB).

Vocabulary (3-4 minutes) • To teach students five "-ever" vocabulary words.

T will hand out an exercise that will guide Ss to understanding "-ever" words. Ss will work in pairs for 2 minutes. After, T will post the hand out on the WB and have a S come up and fill in the answers. T will ask the Ss what they think is the similar meaning between the vocabulary words (try to elicit the meaning of "any").

Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To let the Ss use the new vocabulary words in an exercise.

T will have Ss work in pairs for ex. 1. Ss will have to match questions to the correct responses to make a conversation. After a couple minutes, T will allow Ss to check their answers through a recording of the conversation. After the recording, T will quickly read off the answers for the Ss.

Freer Practice (4-5 minutes) • To have Ss practice conversations using the new vocabulary words

T will lead the Ss into a final exercise. Before T passes around slips of paper that contain conversational questions and statements, T will demonstrate the activity. T will pick up a slip of paper and read it out loud. T will then answer the question or statement using one of the new vocabulary words. T will have the Ss work in pairs for the exercise.

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