To provide detailed listening practice using a text about complaints in the context of mobile phones
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of annoying experience related to mobile phones
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Students will be asked to think about annoying things involving a mobile phone (both problems and situations, headings should be written on the board...). They will be given a little time to think about this with their neighbors, and will give their ideas to the teacher who will write them on the board in a brainstorming activity.
The teacher will then group the students by giving them a phone brand: Nokia, Iphone, Apple and Samsung: Nokias together, Iphones together...etc. They will then be shown a series of photos from a website, and will be asked to comment on each of the photos (what do you think is happening in this photo?). Students will discuss in their groups, and the teacher will then nominate different students to give their ideas, asking for different interpretations whenever possible. The teacher will regroup the students (Samsungs with Iphones and Nokias with Apples). He will then give handouts to the students with a vocabulary matching task. The teacher will ask students to write their answers on the board once they have finished, and will then do whole class feedback. Drilling of the vocab.
The teacher will tell students that they will listen to three dialogues and will ask them what they think they will be about. students will first be given a gist task: Who are the characters? Which character is unhappy? The teacher will play the first recording and give students a few minutes to write their answers. He will nominate students for feedback and ask if everybody agrees. He will then tell students that they will listen to the three dialogues and will have to answer three questions (projected on the board): who are the characters? Which one is unhappy? What is he/she unhappy about? Feedback will be given after each dialogue.
Students will be asked to look at exercise 2 on page 92 (they will receive a handout) and will be asked to choose the right answers in their pairs. They will listen to the dialogues again to confirm their answer.
The teacher will ask students to pair up (Nokias with Samsungs and Iphones with Apples) and to discuss a bad experience they had involving a mobile phone, using the photos shown in the pre listening stage as inspiration. The teacher may write prompt questions on the board: when did it happen? Where did it happen? What happened? How did you feel? What did you do? After giving students time to think of their story, the teacher will nominate students to tell their stories to the class.