Personal characteristics
upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about personal characteristics through a listening. The lesson starts with students watching a short clip. This is followed by another, longer clip, to activate their schemata. Afterward the students will listen to a recording for inference and another for specific information. Students will then be grouped and discuss different personal characteristics they would want on a mission to Mars.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of advantages and disadvantages in the context of personal characteristics.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of personal characteristics in the context of space travel.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will elicit, "What kind of people should go to Mars?" T will play a short clip of a fictional mars mission. Sts discuss among themselves. WC feedback.

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening and make it accessible

T will distribute WS 1. T will show a short clip of Mars 500 to the class. Sts will discuss questions from PART 1 with a partner. T will elicit, "Is this a simulation or on they on Mars?" T will call on 2 or 3 students for feedback.

While-Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with specific information listening tasks

T will give students 1 minute to review the questions on WS 1, Part 1. T will play recording 4.6. Sts check their answers. "Will you be listening?" Yes T shows answers on Vestel.

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

Sts will choose the correct alternative (PART 3) and then T will play listening again to check their answers. Sts then check their answers with their partners. T will distribute transcript. T will clarify any words that sts may not understand. T shows answer key on the Vestel.

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

T will split the class into groups of 3. Each group will take WS 2 and post it onto the wall. T will then distribute the vocabulary words to each group. Sts decide which characteristics would be an advantage or disadvantage on a mission to Mars, Sts will have 3 minutes. 2 groups will then combine into one and share which qualities they believe a crew should have on a space mission. Sts then write their advantages, disadvantages and both up on the white board. T does pronunciation and stress for each one.

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