Ahmed Adel Ahmed Adel

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practise listening for gist and detail in the context of reasons for being a genius.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about being a genius in the context of the brain

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide free speaking practice of expressing opinions in the context of being a genius


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Set the context: Show SS a picture of a brain. Elicit the topic "the brain". Give SS 2 minute to discuss what they know about the brain in pairs. SS speak for another minute. Ask them: "What's the difference between brain and mind?" Let them work in groups to discuss the difference (2 mins). Give a quick feedback on content.

Pre-Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening task and make it accessible

Give SS Listening HO1. Ask SS to match the words in bold to their definitions (5 mins). ICQs: How many words do we have? 10 words How many minutes do you have? 5 mins Play music (Henry Mencini's Romeo and Juliet Theme). SS check in pairs. Give them Answer Key 1.

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

Show SS the pictures of four famous people: Leonardo da Vinci, Ludwig von Beethonven, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. Ask them what they have in common. Elicit "genius". Give SS HO2 and ask them to read the questions in Q3 before they listen to the recording (Track 10.1). SS check in pairs. Play again and give answer key AK2.

While-Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task

Give SS HO 3. Let them read the questions in Q9 in 1 minute. Play the audio (Track 10.2). Let SS check in pairs. Play the audio again. Give them Answer Key 3. Check if they need any clarification.

Post-Listening (5-6 minutes) • To provide some phrases used to express paraphrase

Ask SS: "If I am not clear or I want people to understand me in a better way, what do I do?" Elicit: Paraphrase. Give SS HO 4. Let them check the phrases that express paraphrase (1 min). Explain if necessary. Give them 3 mins to answer the questions in Q10. SS check in pairs. Give them Answer Key 4.

Free Practice (6-8 minutes) • To give SS an opportunity to practise what they've learnt in a "safe" environment

Divide SS into groups. Let them discuss the questions in Q 11 (HO4) together and then exchange opinions (4 mins). Give feedback on content and language (4 mins).

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