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Maternity Leave Listening
B1 level


In this lesson students will have listening practice for gist, details and specific information, will have to apply their speaking skills in order to discuss the pros and contras of maternity leave and answering the questions throughout the lesson


Abc Students Book HO
Abc Slides
Abc Tapescript for the text
Abc Match the phrases HO

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson will have listening practice through listening for gist, for details, for specific information

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking practice based on the text students listen to and vocabulary metaphors


Lead in (5-7 minutes) • To make the students familiriase with the topic

Teacher asks students to discuss what is better for a family: to leave mum or dad stay with a baby during the maternity leave. In case they don't remember what maternity leave is, teacher reminds sts that maternity leave is a period when a parent stays with a baby at home to take care and look after. Teacher gives pieces of the sentence to create one. Then asks if these can be applied to the maternity leave and if yes then why, - his life took an unexpected turn. - his life was at a crossroads. - he felt that it was time to move on. - he wanted to take a new direction. To discuss in pairs if they can explain these words to each other and exchange their ideas. If sts don't know something I will explain.

listening for gist (7-9 minutes) • to have an idea of what the text is about and to develop students listening for gist skills

students listen to a track 1.56 about the maternity leave in pairs they discuss the following questions 1. How has his life changed? 2, How has this changed his day-to-day life? Then teacher moves one person around and they check the answers in pairs again.

listening for specific information (7-9 minutes) • to practice listening skills for details and get the students involved deeper into the topic

to give out HO with the questions from ex 2, letting sts to get familiar with them, sts listen to the text one more time. Teacher splits students into pairs and asks them to discuss the questions they have, then they turn to the partner on the left and check their answers. Teacher asks a couple of questions to answer in the class.

listening for details (7-9 minutes) • to develop students attention to th details and elicit their skills of finding the context out of the surrounding words

Teacher gives HO with the tape script 1,56 and wile listening to the text, asks students to find and underline the following phrases from ex 3 p 68 teacher asks the students to work in groups (in total 5 groups needed) to discuss what the words in italics refer to and summarize their answers. Every group reveals only one idea at random.

Feedback and error correction (4-5 minutes) • to give students feedback on their listening and speaking skills in order to prevent mistakes in the future

Teacher writes down errors noticed on the previous stage and corrects them eliciting the right answers.

Speaking freer practice (3-4 minutes) • to let the students make conversation built upon the main topic of the lesson

Teacher splits students into pairs and thy discuss the topic "Would you be happy as a stay at home parent? Why or why not? Students use the vocabulary they had in the beginning of the lesson. I ask for the common pros and contras.

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