Deniz Erkan Deniz Erkan

Listen, Fill in, Create!
Elementary level


In this lesson, students develop their pre-listening, while listening, and post-listening activies, contributing to their grammatical knowledge.


Abc Cutting Edge - Third Edition Elementary DVD-ROM
Abc Board and Marker
Abc Flashcards
Abc Cutting Edge - Third Edition Elementary Students' Book

Main Aims

  • To develop students' listening skills for comprehension, detailed listening, and note-taking.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Simple Present Tense in the context of favourite people.


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

Teacher sticks a picture on the board,representing a fictional character, Liz, based on the course book. T asks questions to SS about the picture, eliciting sentences from SS. "Who is she?" "What is she doing?" "How old is she?" "What is her job?" T writes down students' sentences on the board.

Pre-Listening Task (5-10 minutes) • To provide students an opportunity to put forward simple sentences using the target language, based on their previous experiences with English.

T reveals the name of the character to SS, next, T asks SS to guess Liz's relation to other 5 people through 5 questions. Which person do you think is: 1- her friend? 2- her niece? 3- her favourite fictional 4- her brother 5- her favourite actor SS work in pairs, and each pair is given a card about Liz's relation to the people on the board. SS are asked to contemplate on their cards for a minute, then stick their cards under the pictures on the board. T elicits complete sentences from SS, writing the sentences under the pictures.

Controlled Activity While Listening (8-10 minutes) • To develop students' note-taking skills while listening.

SS and T check the answers on the board as b 2.8 Class audio from the course book is played to the WC. T hands out a chart to SS, provided in the course book p. 20, and SS fill in the first column during the second listening of the class audio. During the third listening, SS fill in the second column. SS work individually for both tasks, checking their answers in groups afterwards. SS answers are written on the board by T. T checks the answers with the WC.

Post-Listening Semi-Controlled Activity (5-10 minutes) • To reinforce the target language through the use of personalized questions.

T asks students personalized questions, using the target language. "Who is your bestfriend?" "Do you have any siblings/children ? / How old is your son/daughter/brother/sister?" "Where is your favourite actor from?" SS work solo, answering each question through speaking. T asks SS about each others' answers to provide a grammatical variety.

Free Activity (5-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to expand on what they have learned using the target language.

SS are asked to walk around the classroom, asking each other questions about their relatives and favourite people. T writes a couple of words to help students come up with ideas. "grandmother" "husband" "daughter" "bestfriend" "singer" "actor" T is monitoring and encouraging SS to communicate accordingly to the target language, without too much interruption.

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