Marijana Siliman Marijana Siliman

Changing Lives/Reading and Listening
Intermediate level


This lesson builds on the previous lesson by continuing with the same context. Ss read and listen to the story of a BBC presenter who kayaked down the Amazon to rise money for charity. They practice reading and listening for gist and details and then reflect on their own experiences in a speaking activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice in the integrated skills of reading for gist and detail, and listening for gist and details in the context of charity work and adventure.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give practice in speaking fluency about an exciting experience.


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

- have the audio tracks ready to listen in While-reading/Listening 2 Stage - have the OHP running and PPT ready We will continue to talk about charity. Look at the pictures. What can you see? Discuss in pairs! (1 minute) W/C FB: Ask 2 pairs. Look again and think of the ways we can raise money. Also share your experiences. W/C FB: Ask 2 pairs.

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Display the pictures on the WB. Look at the title and pictures. Discuss with your partner. What are we going to read about? Start! W/C FB: Ask 2 pairs. Revise the word challenge. T: This word means difficult work. We have to work hard to succeed. CCQ: Is it an easy work? - No. Would learning Chinese be a challenge for you? - Yes. Would climbing the Himalayas be a challenge for you? - Yes. Part of speech: noun Write the word consecutive on the WB: consecutive ex. It rained for three consecutive days. CCQ: For how long did it rain? - For 3 days. Did the rain stop in those three days? - No. When it stopped raining?- After 3 days. Part of speech: adjective

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

This is the text you are going to read. Read the introduction to get the main idea. What is it about? Pass out HO's (TV presenter's Amazon challenge). In pairs, answer the questions. Pass out Questions 1 HO. Compare the answers with the pair next to you (or behind you). W/C FB: 4 questions- 4 pairs Display the Journey visual. Elicit the word journey. SS are going to see pictures about travelling. How do we call travelling from one place to another?- Journey Display the Wildlife visual. Elicit the word wildlife. What can you see? - Animals. Are these animals free? - Yes How do we call animals that are free, in their natural environment? - Wildlife. Elicit: What kind of problems do you think she had on her journey? Write all the ideas on the board. Regroup the SS. Now, if you unfold or turn your HO's, you are going to see 3 phone calls. Read the phone calls and see if you were right. Don't worry about the missing words. For one minute discuss with the pair next to you. W/C FB: Ask 2 pairs.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (16-18 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Listen to the phone calls carefully. You are going to listen only one time, so be extra carefull! Fill in the blanks. ICQ: What are we doing now? Listen and fill in the gaps. Play audio 51. 1st raw turn around! Pass out the multiple choice HO. It can help SS find the correct answer if they haven't done so. Compare your answers in small groups. FB: After 1 minute, display answer key on the WB. CCQ: Did she have a wonderful time? - Yes. Was she exhausted or energetic? - Exhausted What was the biggest problem during her travel, phisical activity or the heat? - The heat. Model and drill words they find difficult pronouncing. Now you are going to listen to Phone calls 4 and 5, and The 6.00 news. Listen very carefully again. Try to pick up details. Play audio 52. CCQ: Did she manage to finish her journey? - Yes. Now try to answer these 10 questions. What do you remember from the audio? You've got 2 minutes. Write short amswers. Pass out the Questions 2 HO. Listen and check your answers. Compare your answers with your partners. W/C FB Nominate students to get the answers.

Post-Reading/Listening (6-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

SS are going to ask each other questions about an adventure sport they've done, or an exciting experience they've had. Was it a positive experience? Why (not)? How did they feel? Regrouping: SS are going to sit down in two rows facing each other. After 2 minutes of talking, the partners will switch. Only 1 row will be moving. Instructions: Turn around and face your partner. Get closer, please. You are going to talk about an adventure sport you've done, or exciting experience you've had. Was it positive or negative and why? How did you feel? You have 2 minutes. When you hear T clap, one row starts moving. Last student come to the first chair, everybody moves by one chair. (demonstrate: clap)

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