Khadija El Mahrsi Khadija El Mahrsi

TP5 - Khadija El Mahrsi
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss will practise their listening and speaking skills to talk about how people met


Abc Pre-teach vocab presentation
Abc Answer keys handouts V2
Abc Answer keys handouts V1
Abc Activities handouts V2
Abc Couples' stories handouts
Abc Activities handouts V1

Main Aims

  • To practise listening for gist and specific information in the context of talking about how people met

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise controlled speaking in the context of telling others how people met


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Put pictures of couples around the room and have Ss move around and look at them. "What do you see in these pictures?" --> couples "Can you give me a few of their names?" Or "Do you remember a few of their names?" Point at one of the couples in the lesson (or both of them) and take them as an example: "Let's take Carly and Ned, for example, what would you like to know about them?" --> Try to elicit the word "meeting" Announce the lesson's topic

Pre-Listening: Vocab (4-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening and make it accessible

Pre-teach the following vocabulary: college: Try to elicit the word by asking Ss where they continue their studies after high school. If they say university, ask if they know another word. to get engaged: Show Ss a picture of a couple getting engaged and elicit the phrase. good-looking: Show Ss a picture of a good-looking guy. Ask them what they think of him (his face). Attractive, handsome, etc. lake: Show Ss a picture of a lake and try to elicit the word. Make sure they understand exactly what a lake is. (Large area of water surrounded by land.) summer house: Ask Ss where they go on vacation and in which season they usually go. Use locations in Tunisia: Hammamet, Sousse, Nabeul, etc.

Pre-Listening: Predictions (2-3 minutes) • To engage students in the listening

Divide Ss into pairs and give them the handouts containing the couples' stories. Ask Ss to read the short text and have them predict what happens next. Write each pair's prediction on the board.

While-Listening #1 (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Ss listen and try to find out if their predictions were correct. They will first listen to the story of Carly and Ned, and the pairs will discuss (for approximately a minute) what happened next in their story. Then they will listen to the part about Lori and Eric and the pairs will check with each other again. The Ss' predictions are then compared with the actual stories. If the Ss can't find the answer (either for one or both couples), play the recording again.

While-Listening #2 (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

Ss will be given handouts containing the listening activity. They will work in pairs and have to answer 9 questions about the two couples. They will be given a few seconds to read the questions. Ss will be given time to check their answers in pairs. Ss might get to listen a second time if they're having trouble.

Post-Listening (6-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss will be asked to think of how they met their husband/wife or girlfriend/boyfriend. In pairs, they will tell each other the stories of these meetings. If they don't have ones, they can choose any couple they know (even celebrities). If they know none, they can use the stories of the couples in the listening. Ss may be given a couple of minutes to write down a few ideas. T gives Ss prompts: Who? I, my parents, my sister, ... Where? At a party, in high school, at a friend's house, ... When? Three years ago, twenty years ago, ... How? A friend introduced them, they were in the same class at school, ... T demonstrates by giving an example (each time pointing at the prompt in question): For example, my brother met his wife one year ago through Facebook. He lived in France and she lived here in Tunisia. They saw each other three or four times a year, but they chatted every day on Facebook and talked on the phone. They got married last April, and they now both live in France.

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