TP 08 - Getting married
B2 level


In this lesson, students will be engaged in receptive skill development by listening after guessing information about the audio and by listening for specific information related to arranged marriage. After the listening, the students will have a speaking activity related to to the topic.


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Main Aims

  • To provide deduction and detailed listening practice using a text about getting married in the context of arranged marriage

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of arranged marriage


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

The Ss will be introduced to the topic with the phrase 'getting married' projected on the board. Elicit related vocabulary from the students. When we talk about getting married, what words come to our mind? Firstly, we have to ask or be asked in marriage by someone. So then we get? (get engaged) When we get engaged we have a party. So its a ...(engagement party) Then we have the wedding ceremony - the bride and the? (groom) after the wedding, we go to the? (honeymoon) and in the end, if the marriage doesn't work out we? (get divorced) Students discuss in pairs: What do you think are the good reasons to get married? What are the bad reasons? For the feedback ask students to report their opinion

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Show the students 4 different types of wedding: a white wedding, a destination wedding, a theme wedding and an arranged marriage (show Indian wedding and elicit the word from the students). Focus on each picture and its characteristics. Ask Ss which type of wedding they would prefer to attend. Ss do a matching exercise with the blocking vocabulary.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

After setting the context, I'll introduce the first part of the listening by showing the picture of Pratima together with the written sentence ' What would you like to know about her marriage?' Give the example: How old was she? Put the students in a group of 3 and ask them to write one question, after they will write this question on the board. Specify to the students that this is not about the wedding party (ceremony where people get married) but the marriage (the relationship between the married couple/the state of being married). The Ss only listen to the first minute of the listening. Ss check in pairs if they got the answers to their questions. WC feedback

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

After listening for deduction, we move to a more detailed exercise that needs Ss to listen for detailed information. I give Ss a handout which includes questions, they will have to answer while listening to the audio. We can listen to it twice if needed. After they finish, they peer check with their partners. In the feedback, the teacher nominates the first student and Ss nominate each other to answer the questions.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss will be divided into two groups. They will have to discuss the following questions: Are arranged marriages a good or a bad thing? Think of advantages and disadvantages. How do people meet marriage partners? Which ways are the most common? What is the best age to get married? T gets feedback from each group.

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