Jonathon Burch Jonathon Burch

B2 Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will undertake several listening exercises, including listening for gist and listening for detail on the topic of rhetoric and public speaking. Students will also be encouraged at different stages to discuss around the topic through free speaking activities.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about rhetoric in the context of public speakig

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of public speaking


Lead in (3-4 minutes) • To set context and get Ss discussing lesson topic

To activate Ss' existing knowledge of topic and to generate an interest in the topic of the lesson.

Prediction and vocabulary (2-3 minutes) • To encourage students to think about and give a reason to read the text and learn essential vocabulary

Write word "rhetoric" on the board and try to elicit some feedback on meaning and concept. Try to elicit relevant vocabulary around the word.

pre-listening reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To further set theme of listening text

Students are given a short reading text introducing the main topic of rhetoric and are asked what it is about in WC feedback.

Listening for gist (3-4 minutes) • To encourage Ss to get an overview of the text

Ss will hear the first few lines of the audio text and will be asked a true or false question on the WB: "People used to think that good rhetoric made you a weak person. True or False?" Feedback with WC.

Listening for specific information (7-8 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information

Ss will then be given handout A and asked to read the 5 questions before listening to the whole audio 2.09 on rhetoric. Ss then check their answers in pairs and audio is heard again if necessary. Following second hearing, Ss encouraged to feedback to the whole class on their answers.

Listening for detail (7-8 minutes) • To practice listening for detailed comprehension

Students then listen to the second part of the audio on rhetoric 2.10 and have to answer the question on handout B: "What are the three main rhetorical techniques that effective speakers use?" Feedback with WC.

Post-reading writing task (4-5 minutes) • To further test comprehension of the listening topic

Students then look back at list of 8 quotations on handout C, which they were introduced to in previous lesson. Ss are asked to see if they can spot any of the three techniques outlined in the detailed listening section within the quotations. WC feedback.

Post-listening speaking task (6-7 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to personalise the topic

Teacher then writes the following words on the WB: "agree completely, agree partially, no opinion, disagree partially, disagree completely." Ss are then asked to choose the most appropriate statement for them based on four sentences on handout D. Ss then discuss their reasons with a partner, followed by WC feedback

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