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Social networking, listening.
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will discuss social networking and its influence based on doing listening tasks for three people who talk about their social networking habits.


Abc audio file
Abc survey handout
Abc adapted from Face2Face, intermediate student's book, Chris Redston & Gillie Cunningham.
Abc flashcards
Abc video

Main Aims

  • Listening: To provide listening for specific and detailed informaction practice in the context of social networking.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking: To provide fluency speaking practice through a debate and a game in the context of social networking


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

- I'll play a funny video on social networking addiction and then ask students if they guessed the topic (social networking). - I'll ask them if they do like the people in the video, listen to their answers and elicit: social network addict.

Pre-Listening (6-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening practice and make it accessible

- I'll tell students that they're going to do a survey on their use of social networking sites. They'll first put a tick in front of the statement that is true for them. Then they'll mingle in the room and ask other students what answers they wrote to know who has similar answers to theirs. - I'll monitor for any support needed. - we'll have a quick feedback on this task

While-Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with listening for specific information task which is less challeneging than the next one.

- I'll tell students that they're going to listen to three friends talking about their social networking habits. They will listen then put the topics mentioned in the exerpt in the correct order. - After doing the task, students will peer check the correct order. - Then I'll elicit the answers from the students in the feedback.

While-Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task.

- Students will listen again but this time they'll make sure they're listening carefully to find answers with justification for the next true/ fals exercise. - After they finsh exercise, they will have a group check/ feedback; at first I'll choose one student to answer the first one, she will answer and she will choose another student to answer the next one etc. I'll be giving the instruction clear in the beginning ( answer and choose) meanwhile I'll make sure all the given answers are correct and with the correct justification.

Post-Listening (follow up) (10-13 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- In the light of social networking habits, I'll ask students to sit in a circle (or two circles if the number of students is big), they'll be provided with a set of cards each one will take a card. They will find a logo of one of the social media platform on the card. They'll be asked to talk about anything from their life related to this medium; their opinion of it, their usage habit, a good memory etc. They'll be given a minute to think what they're going to share with their classmates. - Additional practice: if there's time left, students will have a debate about the existance of social networking: ' Are you for/ against the existence of social networking: or 'If we hadn't had social networking, our lives would have been better." - students will be divided into two groups; one for and the other against the case. - they'll be given few minutes in their small groups to organise their ideas. Then the two groups will start debating. - During both activities I'll be mointoring for error detection, then I'll give error correction if needed and content feedback.

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