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Cross Canada Trip - TP7
Elementary level


This lesson starts with the clarification/review of vocabulary related to weather using a map of Canada as context. After some practice of the TL, the lesson focuses on practicing listening skills (main aim) using a dialogue between two people talking about their holiday in Canada. A pair speaking activity rounds off the lesson.


Main Aims

  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about trip across Canada in the context of travel and weather

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of travel and weather
  • To provide clarification of weather vocabulary in the context of Canada's weather


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show a slide with pictures of different kinds of weather and elicit the word "WEATHER". Show Ss the next slide and ask them "what's the weather like?" pointing at the weather icons. Elicit the answers: "It's sunny, rainy, cloudy etc." Test them quickly using the next slide, model and drill pronunciation. Give them the handouts and ask them to complete it. Quick peer-check. Check understanding on wb with a cline. Clarify meaning of "temperature" and "degrees", Model and drill pronunciation.

Pre-listening practice (handout and speaking) (10-11 minutes) • To provide Ss with some practice of the vocabulary and introduce the listening.

Show the slide with the weather map and elicit the name of the country (Canada). Give instructions and get one student to do n. 1 in open class as an example. Give HO2. While Ss do the task, monitor and prompt. Allow time for peer-check. Play the recording for Ss to check the answers. Check answers in w/c. Ss in pairs ask and answer some simple questions related to weather. They must take notes. Give instructions and a demo by getting one student to ask you the first question. Give handouts. Monitor & prompt. Get FB by asking one, two pairs in w/c.

Listening #1 (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Show Ss the slide with the four pictures. Tell students that they are going to listen to two people (Lara and Tom) talking about their holiday in Canada. Point at the each photo and elicit what they can see and where they are. Explain that they must listen and number the photos in the order they hear them. Give handouts. Allow time for peer-check, then get FB in w/c.

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

Show the slide with the sentences to Ss. Give instructions pointing out the exercise on the handout. Ss listen and underline the correct answers. Allow time for peer-check. Get FB in w/c. Play the recording again if necessary.

Post-Listening (speaking practice) (9-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Show slide on the wb, explain activity and give a demo with one student using the worksheet. Regroup Ss in pairs using colored sticks. Give worksheets. Monitor & prompt while students carry out the activity. If time, give language FB on the wb.

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