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Saeid Rezaei 8th TP
Intermediate level


In this lesson students practice receptive skills listening in the context of news stories


Abc detailed handout
Abc info handout
Abc gist handout
Abc news headlines
Abc News video

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, detailed and specific information listening practice using a text about news stories in the context of news

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a stories in the context of news
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of news


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

After the greetings the teacher will play a video with a news story...The students will watch it and then we will discuss it a bit in class.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The students will discuss the last "good news story" and "sad news story" they heard or watched in groups. Then some students will talk about their peers' stories. In the pre-teaching vocabulary stage the teacher will elicit the words " civil war" "demonstration" "oil rig" and "gale".

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

Listening for gist: The students will listen to the recording for the first time and they will match some pictures with the news stories

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

listening for details: Ss will listen to the recording again and will listen and find the answers to some questions and will check their answers in pairs. Listening for specific information: Students will listen to the recording and will try to find out how long each event has been going on. This activity will be in the form of correcting the mistakes in some sentences.

Post-Reading/Listening (12-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss will be given some headlines from the news. They will be asked to discuss the matters with their groups and come up with a story about that. They will then meet different groups and will inform other groups of their news stories. If time: Students will choose a celebrity and will write his / her name on a piece of paper. They will design an interview with 6 questions. Then students will be chosen as the celebrities and they will hold a press conference about that. The questions must be challenging and other groups are allowed to ask a question each from the celebrity. The group with the greatest performance will be chosen as the winners.

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