Stephen Ianno Stephen Ianno

It's the kind of job that...
Intermediate level


Students will explore the qualities required of a successful person, particularly through a listening of a professional dancer describe what it takes. Students will apply these qualities to their own jobs.


Abc Paper cut-outs
Abc HO1
Abc HO2
Abc Listening

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about qualities needed in the context of dancing

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of professional qualities
  • To provide clarification and practice of description lexis in the context of professionalism


Warmer/Lead-in (7-9 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show students pictures of different characters. Students discuss in pairs the qualities that these people must have. Share responses with class.

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

Inform students that they will be listening to a professional dancer discuss her career. Hand out the cut-outs with the four words. While listening, students must put these words in the order that they appear.

While-Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Play audio Have students order words from the cut-outs Class FB Show HO1, students check the sentences they heard from the listening

While-Listening #2 (9-11 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Listen to audio a second time. Students check their answers from HO1 Peer check Class FB Students respond to statements at the bottom of the worksheet. Discuss with partners Class FB

Post-Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students receive HO2 which constructs sentences made in Anne's interview. Write the first sentence on the board. Ask students who this might describe. Drill the students on the sentence. Students create more sentences in pairs and decide what job each could describe.

Post-Listening #2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and personalize it

Students consider individually what kind of qualities they must have for their own job. If they are not currently working or don't like their job, then consider a job they one day hope to have. Students then share their ideas with a partner, then with the class.

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