Pinar Atalay Pinar Atalay

Intermediate-B1 level


In this lesson SS will learn and practice how to give good and bad news by controlled listening practice, controlled functional language practice and lastly freer speaking practice. They will start with a brief vocabulary practice.


Abc Listening Picture Match HO
Abc Functional Language Table HO
Abc Life Events Vocab HO
Abc Speaking Cards HO
Abc Listening Track 6.4
Abc Listening Fill-in Table HO
Abc Jumbled Sentences Cutups
Abc WB Extra activity HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of language used for giving news in the context of That's Great News

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about some conversations to identify the function in the context of giving news
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a giving news using functional language in the context of news


1.Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • to introduce the context and activate schemata

SS watch a short authentic video and discuss what they watch in small groups. Elicit the phrases giving good news and giving bad news.

2. Vocabulary (4-5 minutes) • to provide practice of useful vocabulary

Give out Vocabulary HO SS work in two groups to mark the phrases as good news or bad news. Divide WB into 2 and SS stand up and write the phrases below the correct column. Give FB on WB.

3.Listening for gist (6-7 minutes) • to provide controlled listening for gist

Give out the Pictures HO. SS look at the pictures and try to guess what the news is and if it is good or bad in pairs. Later SS listen to the track and match the pictures to the conversations. They compare their answers with their partners.

4.Listening for specific information (4-5 minutes) • to provide controlled practice of listening for specific information

Give out Listening Fill-in Table HO SS discuss the good news and the bad news in each conversation to identify specific information in the listening text. They work in groups of three. FB is hung on the walls behind the pictures. Individual SS stand up to give the FB to WC.

5. Listening for Detail (6-7 minutes) • to provide identification and pronunciation of TL

Give out Functional Language Table HO. SS read the phrases that are used while giving news individually. Then they listen to track 6.4 and write the number of the conversation next to each phrase. They check their answers in pairs. WC FB is given. They listen to the track 6.5 to underline the sentence stresses. WC FB is given on WB.

6.Sentence Order Practice (5-6 minutes) • to provide controlled practice of functional language

Group SS into 2 and give them scrambled words. SS put the words in the correct order in 2 minutes. When the time is up SS check the other group's answers.

7. Speaking (8-10 minutes) • to provide freer speaking practice of TL

SS will think of some good news and some bad news to give each other. First they will take notes about topics in 1-2 minutes. Later they stand up and give news to each other switching partners.

An Additional activity (3-4 minutes) • to recycle the vocabulary

If there is some extra time SS will do an exercise from the WB. They put the words in the gaps and then they compare their answers with their partners. Later they match the verbs with the nouns they are used with to form collocations.

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