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Twists of Fate, Listening
Intermediate, B 1 level


The lesson continues the theme of risks and provides Ss with listening and speaking skills practice. It also provides them with the opportunity to use the target language learned in the previous lessons.


Main Aims

  • To provide Ss practice on listening for general information, specific information and for details

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice on speaking for fluency as a productive skill.


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

I am going to explain what Friday 13th in Britain is. I am going to ask Ss if they have ever had a bad luck and to talk in pairs about a bad luck that happened with them.

Pr-teach Vocabulary (2-3 minutes) • To unblock key lexis needed to help Ss understand the text and complete the next task

I am going to display visualizations about the key lexis used in the listening: frostbitten, balcony, hiker and toddler.

Pre-Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ss will be engaged in a discussion about their a bad luck and describe what happened.

A first gist listening (3-5 minutes) • To familiarize learners with the listening.

Ss listen and answer the following questions: 1. Is this a conversation in a cafe? ; A radio news program?; TV advertisement? 2. How many people do you hear speaking? 3. How many different stories are there? 4. Do you think it is very serious or humorous?

While-Listening #1 (3-4 minutes) • To encourage Ss to listen for gist

Ss listen and answer ex. 1: listen and match the three bad luck stories 1-3 to the headlines a-c.

Listening for specific information (3-4 minutes) • To familiarise learners with the listening

Ss listen and answer the following questions: 1. What is the reporter's name? 2. How old is the hiker in the first story? 3. How old is the son in the second story? 4. How old is the boy in the third story?

Listening for detail (6-10 minutes) • To practise listening for detailed comprehension for learners to understand the listening in depth

Ss listen and do ex. 3: Listen again and answer these questions. T checks Ss' answers and gives feedback and lets the Ss listen again if necessary.

Post-Reading/Listening (5-7 minutes) • To allow an opportunity to react to the text, develop oral fluency on the topic and provide an opportunity to personalize the topic.

Ss do ex. 3 as a productive speaking skill. ss work in pairs to talk about any bad luck stories they have heard about recently.

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