Teaching Lesson 2
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice their listening reception skills by listening to news stories while also building their news-related vocabulary through comprehension excercises.


Abc Question words handout
Abc Question words gap fill
Abc News vocab cut-outs
Abc Headlines cut outs

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about News stories from the radio

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of News related words


Lead-in (5-10 minutes) • To introduce topic of the news

Talk about weekend, things that happened. Bring up stories. Elicit "the news". Talk about what kinds of news sources there are.

Listening 1 (5-10 minutes) • Set-up and listen for gist

Write news topics on WB to Pre-Introduce vocab, clarify if needed. Explain headlines handout and ask SS to number in groups. Pass out handout. Listen to first listening. Feedback from individual students.

Predictive excercise (5-10 minutes) • Pre-Introduce vocab

Split into 5 groups for news stories. Introduce excercise of matching vocab words with each story you think it will have. Handout newswords. Give 2 minutes for group excercise. Feedback from each group, write their answers on WB. Clarify words if necessary.

Question words exercise (5-10 minutes) • Question word clarification and set-up for second listening

Elicit question words. Write them on the board. Explain how news stories always answer these questions. Feedback from individual students.

Listening 2 (5-5 minutes) • Listening for Specific Information from news stories related to questions

Tell students that the questions they have just filled out are what we will listen for. Listen to exercise twice. Elicit questions from whole class.

Practice with vocab (10-15 minutes) • Vocab practice and increase SST

Have students come up with 5 questions about their news topic in their groups. (3 minutes). Pass to the right group and then have the group answer the questions they just received. (5 minutes). Later one student from each group is the newscaster. CUT EXCERCISE IF NEEDED

Dictation (5-10 minutes) • Practice pronunciation of news stories. Listening review

Listen to the art museum story at dictation pace. Call on student volunteers to write what they hear on the board. Repeat challenging words.

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