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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will listen to two people talking about a new book about success. Firstly they will look four successful people and then discuss the reasons why these people are successful. After that, they will have to listen to the record and complete the summary of the conversation. Later they will have to do a True/False activity about the conversation. Lastly, they will give some advice on how to be successful.


Abc Pictures of The Beatles, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg
Abc Introduction to the article
Abc Gap-Fill Handout
Abc True/False Exercise
Abc Picture of My sister

Main Aims

  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about secret of success.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of success


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

Print out the pictures of : The Beatles, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Hang them on the wall. "As you can see, we have many successful and famous people's pictures on the wall." Tell students to stand up and with a partner, observe the pictures. Tell them to discuss the questions: "How and why are these people successful? Did they have any special talents or were they just lucky?" Give them 3 minutes to discuss. Monitor. Feedback- Ask two students what they think.

Pre-Listening (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Rewrite the short paragraph on the page 80, ex. 2A. Tell ss that they are going to listen two people talking about what the secret of success is but first tell them to read the introduction to an article about success. Then ask them to think what the secret of success is. Students share their predictions with their partner first. Monitor. Feedback- Ask about their partner's answer. "Student A, what is the secret of success according to Student B?"

While-Listening #1 (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging specific information listening tasks

Write the exercise 2.B on the page 81 on a different piece of paper. Tell ss that now they are going to listen to the record. "Two people are going to talk about a new book that Malcom Gladwell wrote. It is about the secret of success." Tell them to fill in the gaps while listening. Before they listen, let them read for a minute. Play the record. Monitor while they listen. Pair check. Feedback- Project the writing on the board and then ask ss for the correct answer. Write it on the board. 1. common (1.32) 2. practised (1.38) 3. world-class (1.49) 4. 10,000 (1.45) 5. successful

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

Rewrite the exercise 3A on the page 81. Give ss 3 minutes to read the statements and decide if they are true or false. SS listen the record again and LATER they check their answers in pairs. Monitor. ( See if everyone got the answers) Feedback- elicit the answers Answer: 1.T (1.18) 2.F (1.49) 3.T (1.56) 4.F (2.28)

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text.

Have a picture of someone you know who needs help to start a business. (My sister's photo) Tell ss to give that person business advice. "This is my sister and she has just opened a chocolate shop in Belgium. She needs some advice. How can she be successful?" Give ss 3 minutes to think about it first and make notes. Pair different ss this time. Grouping ideas: Dollar, Euro, Pound (if they're crowded) Ask them to discuss their ideas with their group and choose the best two advice. Feedback- "What was the best two advice from this group?"

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