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Listening Lesson, New Year's Eve celebrations
A1/A2 level


In this lesson ss will learn about the different New Year's Eve celebrations in different countries through a listening text. Ss Will listen for specific information and details. This will be followed by a discussion to compare the different celebrations they have listened, and New Year's Eve celebrations in their country.


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Main Aims

  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about New Year's Eve in the context of New Year's Eve celebrations in Brazil and Iceland

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of New Year's Eve celebrations in Brazil and Iceland.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-T recalls ss' knowledge from the previous lesson about celebrations of special days, then focuses ss to New year celebrations by a video about Chinese New year celebrations and asks ss to guess whet they are celebrating and tries to elicit "New Year's Eve". T then asks ss if they know other ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and how they celebrate in their country. -

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-T shows some pictures of new year celebrations and tries to elicit the vocabulary that ss may have difficulty to complete the tasks. Bonfire(n) A big fire that is made outside to burn unwanted things, or for pleasure on special days. Broadcast(n) A television or radio programme. Firework(n): a small container filled with explosive chemicals that producebright coloured patterns or loud noises when they explode: Dessert(n) sweet food eaten at the end of a meal -T then checks the meaning by asking CCQs Bonfire: Is a bonfire made inside or outside of our houses? (outside) Firework: Are firework and bonfire same or different? (different) Are firework displays in the sky or on the ground?(sky) Dessert: When do we eat dessert? (after meals) Is desserts sweet or chili?(sweet) Broadcast: Do we watch broadcasts? (yes) Do we listen? (yes)

While-/Listening #1 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

- T tells ss that hey are going to listen to a recording about New Year celebrations in Brazil and Iceland and gives ss a HO, asks ss to read the sentences discuss with their partners and decide which country they refer to; B(Brazil), I( Iceland) and B/I ( Both). -T then plays the recording as the AK, ss listen and check their answers.

While Listening #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

-T asks ss to listen to the recording and complete the chart about New year's Eve celebrations in Brazil and Iceland. - T tells ss to compare their answers with their partners,and gets W/B FB. If there are mistakes T first asks ss' ideas for correction then corrects he mistakes on WB.

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

-T gives ss another handout with questions about similarities and differences between the celebrations in Brazil land Iceland. Ss discuss the questions in pairs. T then gets W/C FB. -T groups ss as Iceland and Brazil. Each group gets ready for the debate to convince the other group spend the New Year's Eve in the country they represent. Ss prepare for 2-3 minutes then have a debate. -T monitors ss while they are preparing for and having the debate to provide delayed error correction.

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