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When a Man is Tired of London...
Elementary level


Abc Text handout, listening for gist handout.

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of the present Simple and the Present Continous in the context of London's tourist attractions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Gist and specific information listening practice using a text about tourist attraction


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

* On the board, I will write "Cairo" and ask them: 1- What do they know about Cairo? (other than it being the capital) 2- What can you see in Cairo? * On the walls, I will have already stuck some pictures of tourist attractions. I ask them to look at the pictures on the walls and tell me: 1- What are these places? 2- Where are they? 3- Who comes to see them? eliciting the concept of tourism and tourists (inside Egypt and outside, too).

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

*As part of both the lead-in and the first "test" phase, I will pre-teach some of the vocabulary that might be considered blocking; such as "tourist attraction", "tourist", "battle", "bridge", "castle", "guidebook". I will give each one a slip of paper with a word written on it. Like in the previous activity, where they walk around looking at pictures, they will find the definitions on the walls as well. They try to find the right meaning for the right word. They check together, in one large group. At last, I give them the answer sheet to check. * For the first "Test" phase, they each have a sheet of paper with "words-in-bubbles" on it. They listen to the track one time and try to see which things do the speaker mention in the track. They "tick". After a quick check, they listen again, this time asking them to focus on what tense is being used. * Of course, I will demonstrate with the w/c. We all listen to two sentences, and I ask them what tense was used.

Teach (10-10 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

* After they have listened and I have elicited from them the tenses, I ask them to give me an example of each tense; the Present Simple and Present Continuous, from the text. After that, in "minimal pairs" I elicit from them the meaning and form of the tenses and, finally, the pronunciation. * They listen again, this time with the purpose of filling the gaps. * There are 12 gaps, I get each S to write their own answer on the board. If there are a lot of mistakes, I will play the track again. If there aren't, I will just ask if they all agree. Do a quick feedback

Test #2 (5-8 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

* At the beginning of this stage, I ask them to read the dialogue in pairs. * Then, I get them to tell each other 3 things they do every day and 3 things they are doing now. It will not have to be true; I'd just like to know that they've got it. * Again, the demonstration will be with the w/c.

Free practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

* In a game of "what are the differences", I pair them up or group them, depending on the number of SS. They have to come up with 10 differences. * As a feedback, we go through some of the differences. ** If there is still time at the end, we will do another game, where each will have an action to mime and let the others guess.

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