Babak Jahanaray Babak Jahanaray

Listening for kinds of places to live in
Intermediate B1 level


In this lesson, the Ss are going to learn different, and sometimes strange place to live and listen to a file about three people talking about their unusual accommodation.


Abc HO student book page 29 Listening parts 1, 2, and 3
Abc An aerial picture of Barcelona
Abc Cards and description for matching+answer key
Abc HO student book page 28 Vocabulary part 2
Abc Audio track 1.21-1.23
Abc Pictures of unusual houses and 2 questions

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a listening file about different types of accommodation in the context of houses

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of flat, rented, suburbs, semi-detached in the context of houses
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation and discussion format in the context of houses


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

The Ss will be shown an aerial picture of Barcelona and ask each other if they know where is it and that how is it. I will elicit the word "organized". then I will ask them to tell each other if they know how Istanbul might look like from the air. Then they will ask each other a question which I will put on the board: What kind of house do you live in? They will do this in pairs and I will receive answers from a couple of Ss.

Pre-Listening #1 (10-11 minutes) • To prepare students for the audio track and make it accessible

Ss will be given a HO of matching two sentence halves about British housing facts. They will do it in pairs and check their answers with their neighboring group. I will put the correct answers on the board. Then, Ss will be divided into groups of four and try to match some house definitions with their meaning. After they've done it, they will stand up, move around the class and look at other groups' answers. I will elicit the answer and drill the new vocabulary MPF.

Pre-Listening #2 (6-7 minutes) • To prepare the Ss for the listening tasks and introduce some unusual accommodation

Ss will be given another HO with pictures of unusual accommodation and try to match the pictures with the words. After the FB, they will talk about another question which they can see in part 1 description. I will get FB from some Ss. Three difficult words will be pre-taught MPF. These are the keywords which Ss need to know to answer the detailed questions.

While-Listening #1 (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with a gist task

Ss will listen to the audio track once and try to understand which kind of accommodation the people are talking about. This stage will act as a gist listening and provide them with the main idea. There will be no pause at this stage. After they've done this task, they will talk about their answers in pairs and receive O/C FB.

WhileListening #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed and deduction from the audio track

At this stage, Ss will listen again and do part 3 of the listening exercise which requires them to take notes of the best and the worst things about the people's unusual houses. As this stage requires writing, I will have to pause at some stages to give the Ss enough time to write down what they hear. When they are ready with their notes I will change their groups and put them into groups of 3 to go through their answers with their new partners. I will elicit the correct answers and drill some tricky words one more time.

PostListening (8-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to use they've learned

Ss will see some pictures and 2 questions on the WB and will be given 2 minutes to brainstorm and take notes. They will mingle and talk in groups of 4 and share their opinions with their groupmates. During this stage, I will silently monitor and not intervene unless necessary. I will also make notes of Ss achievements and errors. If there's time, I will do a delayed error correction at the final stage.

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