Lic Diana Rios Lic Diana Rios

Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will have the opportunity to practice the receptive skill of listening through a series of tasks that will end up with a conversation in order to exercise the productive skill of speaking. The students will start the lesson by listening to some kinds of music’s extracts and expressing the feelings they produce on them. Then, they will listen to a music psychologist talking about music and emotions while completing a HO with some notes about the audio. Finally, in small groups, the students will ask and answer a series of questions related to music.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using an audio text about 'why we listen to music and how it affects the way we feel' in the context of music and emotion.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation regarding personal ideas and preferences in the context of music and emotion.


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

SS listen to some short pieces of music. After each one, SS say how they make them feel.

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

SS get a set of cut outs. SS match 5 words (necessary for the listening) with their definitions. WC FB SS listen for a gist. SS listen to John Sloboda talking about why we listen to music. SS answer 2 questions displayed on the WB: What do we listen to music for? How many reasons does Sloboda mention? SS discuss their answer with their partners. WC FB

While-Listening #1 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

SS get a HO folded in half. There is a question and some notes on it. SS listen to the audio and complete the notes. SS listen again and give an example per note. SS check their answers with a partner. T monitors WC FB

While-Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

SS open the HO. There are some notes about music and emotions. SS listen to the second part of the talk and complete the notes. T pauses between sections so the SS have time to write down. SS compare their notes with a partner's. T monitors for delayed FB T gives them the answer key. SS compare and correct their answers.

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

SS get a set of cut outs with questions on them. In groups of 4, SS talk about every question. Some SS ask for details and/or examples. T monitors and takes notes for delayed FB. FB is given WC

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