Maher Maher

Intermediate level


In this lesson, learners will listen to people talking about rules that annoy them.


Abc answer key
Abc audio set
Abc HO1
Abc pictures
Abc WB
Abc coloured phrase cards
Abc A3 paper
Abc colouring pens
Abc situation cards

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about annoying rules in the context of rules and freedom

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of annoying rules


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

Show a picture of a clamped car and ask ss; "What do you see?" Try to elicit the word "clamp". Then show a picture of a tow truck. Elicit tow truck. Elicit/pre-teach "break the law/rules". Q:"Why is he towing the car?" Q:" What rules have these drivers broken?" Q:" Where does this usually happen?" (In no-parking areas / main streets)

Pre-Listening (5-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ask ss if they can think of other rules connected with driving, smoking, flying and ID cards. Prompt them with some ideas/examples like the leagal age for driving, speed limits, taxes, smoking in public spaces (bus/railway stations, airports, museums, stadiums...) Pre-teach/concept-check "annoying": "Do you like all these rules?"(No) "How do they make you feel?"(angry) or put focus on school rules (using mobiles, chewing gum in the classroom...)

While-Listening #1 (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist listening task

Explain to the ss that they are about to listen to six people complaining about a rule they find annoying. (give HO1) Explain that they need to match each speaker with the rule they are complaining about. Play the recording once. Ask ss to compare each other's answers. Elicit answers from ss for feedback. "What is speaker a complaining about?" (aeroplane safety announcements) "b/c/d/...?"

While-Listening #2 (10-13 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detailed listening task

1) Tell ss that they are going to listen to one speaker at a time. Ask them to listen and find out why the speakers find some rules annoying. Tell them that they don't need to write anything. Play the recording in segments and get feedback from ss orally. Try to engage as many ss as possible. 2) Give ss phrase cards. Explain that they are phrases said by the people from the recording. Ask them to work in groups of three and match the phrase cards. Monitor then give feedback by giving answer key.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

1) Speaking: Demo with ss: Ask them if they agree with speaker 'c'. Why?/Why not? Display different warning signs on the IWB. Invite ss to wark together and make sentences using the phrases provided from the previous task. Monitor and elicit some answers from the ss. 2) Writing: Divide ss to work in groups of three. Explain to them that they are about to work together to make a poster about annoying rules for places of work/study, museums & libraries and hotels. I will have some situation cards that each group will pick randomly. Point out that the best looking poster will win a prize!

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