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Copy of Local Heroes- Listening Lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, the concept of 'local heros' introduced to the students and some words from the news are elicited from the students using eliciting questions and handouts. The students drill the new words and they focus on both pronunciation and word stress. The students listen to news about a local hero and do exercises about this listening part. Finally, the students are given freer speaking practice to their fluency.


Abc Photos of Super Heros
Abc Discussion Handouts
Abc Statements Handout
Abc Prediction Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about local heroes in the context of news.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of radio news items in the context of local heroes.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of local heroes.


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

Start with a short trailer of the movie "Kick Ass". With this video try to elicit the word "super hero" from the sts.

Pre Teaching of Vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible. Also to enable the sts to learn vocabulary which is essential for the listening.

Give a handout including the words that the sts may have problem during listening activity. Ask students to work as groups of three. Ask them to match the definitions with the words. Give an answer key for each group. The words are; caped /keɪpt/ (adj) Wearing sleeveless cloak, typically a short one crusader /kruːˈseɪdə/ (n) Someone who works hard for a long time to achieve something that they strongly believe is morally right reveal /riˈvēl/ (v) Make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others patrol /pəˈtrōl/ (n) A person or group of people sent to keep watch over an area, especially a detachment of guards or police sympathetic to /ˌsimpəˈTHetik / (adj) Designed in a sensitive or fitting way After they match the words, model and drill the words.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks.

Ask them to work with the person next to them. Give them the handout. There are newspaper headlines, a local hero photo and two questions to predict on the handout. Set a time limit and ask them work with their partners and make predictions about the two questions by checking the photo and newspaper headlines. Do not give feedback at this stage. Tell them that they will listen to check their answers t these questions. Then they listen and give W/C FB. Monitor during they listen to the audio to find out whether they have problem with the audio or not.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks.

They will listen for detail. Give them a handout including exercise 3 from Straight Forward Student's Book. (pg. 88) There are 8 statements on the handout. Ask them to tick the information 1- 8 that is mentioned. Let them read the statements first. Then they will listen. Firstly, ask them to check their answers in groups of three. Then give W/C FB. Note: If you realize that the sts have difficulty with the listening during the previous activity, break the audio into chunks.) For the next activity ask them to work in pairs and swap some of the partners that they always work together. Give the handout with two questions on it. Ask them to discuss these and set a time limit. Do not discuss or confirm the answers at this stage. Ask them listen to the update on the news story about Monkey Man. Then ask them to mingle in the class and check their answers. Give W/C FB at the end.

Post-Reading/Listening- Freer Speaking Activity (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned.

They will make a competition in this stage. Divide them into two groups. One by one each person in the groups sit back to the board. The others form a circle around this person. Stick some super hero photographs on the board. Each group will try to describe that super hero to the person who sits back to board. When they find the answer, they will say super hero altogether and get a point.

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