Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq Fawaz Sheikh Elsouq

TP6 Listening
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice listening for gist and listening for details in the context of a woman talking about a movie plot. Students will also practice speaking through creating dialogues based on visual prompts.


Main Aims

  • To practice listening for gist and details in the context of talking about movies

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking in the context of discussing film events and preferences, in addition to practicing roles and dialogues


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher introduces the lesson by writing the word "genre" in the middle of the board, and then elicits answers from students on the meaning of the word. The teacher then quizzes students on different genres of films by playing a video. The teacher picks students randomly to answer, and checks with the whole class.

Pre-Reading/Listening (15-17 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The teacher displays three pictures on the board. Students get in pairs to discuss what's happening in the pictures. Each pair reports their answers to the teacher. Then, each pair write a dialogue of four or five lines that go with the pictures. To avoid any reluctance or embarrassment, the teacher will first display a random picture and write the dialogue on the board as a model. The teacher will also give students some time to rehearse. Students then start the role play in pairs. The teacher asks some pairs to do it for the whole class while other students try to guess which picture the dialogue refers to.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

The teacher asks students to listen to a women talking about the plot of a film. She describes complicated relationships among the characters. Students listen initially to get the gist. The teacher sets the task, finding the genre of the film, before he plays the audio recording. If the majority seems lost in the listening, the teacher may play the recording again. The teacher has a whole class feedback on the genre.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The teacher distributes a handout which contains questions on the listening passage. Students listen again to the recording to answer the questions in the handout. The teacher might show students how to take notes on connecting relationships while listening. After they finish, the teacher distributes the audio script and students check their answers in pairs.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

As a follow up on the listening activity, the teacher distribute cards with questions on their favourite movie. Students answer these questions individually, then share it with their partners. The teacher takes notes on the good language and the points that need improvement, then writes it on the board to allow students to elicit the correct answers.

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