Ayşegül Toğan Ayşegül Toğan

Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will listen to a news report about the true story of a plane making an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York. They will listen for gist, detailed and specific information. They will also retell the story and discuss some questions.


Abc Global Upper Intermediate TsBk
Abc W/B
Abc HO with discussion questions
Abc projection
Abc HO with listening script
Abc Global Upper Intermediate SsBk
Abc HO including visuals

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in listening for gist and specific information in the context of a true news story

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of the true news story


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

Show Ss the photo of Captain Chesley B Sullenberger Who is he? What's his job? etc. Elicit the word "pilot" from them Ask them if they like traveling long distance. How do you travel long distance? Who has fear of flying in the class? Is there a reason? Do you remember any aircraft accidents or emergency landing from the news? Ss work in pairs and discuss they remember as aircraft accidents etc

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

Give Ss a HO including some photos Ask them work in new pairs to order the photos and talk about what is happening in the photos Monitor- help if needed Nominate some groups to listen to their ideas If necessary, elicit the vocabulary of the listening text from the Ss by using the photos or explaining Remind them some vocabulary they have already learned in the previous lesson Write the specific vocabulary on the w/b

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students practise in listening for gist

Give Ss some background to the listening. Tell them they are now going to listen to a news story based on a true incident. Ask them to listen to see if it is similar to any of their stories. After listening, Ss work in different pairs and discuss how similar their stories to the one they listened. Tell your partner the similarities between your story and the true news story.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students proctise in listening for specific information

Ask them if they remember the words in Speaking and Writing exercise 3 Do you remember the specific words in your own story? Elicit and write them on the board Tell them to listen again and put the words from speaking and writing exercise 3 in the order they hear in the listening. Play the recording, pausing after the first word that appears and making sure everyone notes it down. Then play the rest of the recording. Tell them to check their answers in pairs Let pairs write the correct order on the w/b

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

Ask them to retell the story from memory in pairs, using the words as prompts. Give them exercise 4 as HOs including some questions to discuss with their partners Elicit the meaning of "feelgood story" in one of the questions. Take w/c FB Give them the script of the listening as HOs and ask them to analyze and underline find the characteristics of a news story such as direct speech, time expressions etc. There are some examples on the HO as underlined and showed Let them analyze in pairs Tell each group to write down one example for one category If time, focus on the pronunciation part on page 33 Use the projection to show them the exercises Elicit answers from Ss about what each reduced form refers to and when they are used

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