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Demo Lesson 2
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will discuss their opinions about the future, and whether they are optimistic or pessimistic. They will listen to an interview about robots in the future, doing prediction, gist and specific listening tasks. They will follow this up with a short speaking, discussing their own opinions on the topic.


Abc T/F sentences
Abc Cut up collocations from listening
Abc Pictures of Dr. Evans and Robots
Abc Audio CD Track 5.2
Abc List of topics for Gist Listening

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about personal predictions in the context of the future

Subsidiary Aims

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


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will write "2020" and "2050" on the board, and ask Ss to discuss in pairs how they think the world will be different in those years. T-S task feedback (elicit a few ideas)

Pre-Reading/Listening (1-2 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T will show pictures of Robots and a pic of Dr. Dylan Evans, and elicit the connection. Tell them they are going to listen to an interview with him. Elicit some guesses about what he might talk about in the interview

Pre-Listening #2 (3-4 minutes) • To predict the contents of the listening

Give the students a list of topics. In pairs, which of these topics do you think he will talk about in the interview? [NOTE: no whole-class feedback, as the gist listening will be the feedback]

Gist Listening (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist listening

Listen to the interview and tick the things that he talks about Ss check in pairs WCF

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

T hands out sentences. Ss listen and decide whether Dr. Evans thinks they are true or false. Check in pairs [T can play a second time, if necessary]

If-Time Activity 1 (5-7 minutes) • To introduce collocations related to the listening

T gives Ss cut up collocations from the listening and asks them to put them together. (in pairs) Feedback: Give Ss transcript, and have them check. Anticipated CCQs: look after: Do I take care of them? [YES] Do I get paid for it? [maybe] [elicit some other examples] look like: Do we have the same face? [YES] Do we have the same personality? [MAYBE NOT] [personalise -- who do you look like in your family] recognise: Did I know them before? [YES] [use facial expressions to demonstrate] take over: Was I in control before? [NO] Am I in control now? [YES] Did someone give me control or was it by force? [BY FORCE] [elicit some examples from film/literature/etc.]

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

In pairs, Ss will discuss whether they agree with Dr. Evans' predictions or not. In small groups, they will compare their opinions WCF on task Delayed error correction, as necessary

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