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Who's calling?
Elementary, A1 level


In this lesson, the students learn to listen for details and take notes. They will get familiar with telephone expressions and use them efficiently through the activities.


Abc Classbook, Computer, Projector, Handouts
Abc Classbook, Computer, Projector, Handouts
Abc Classbook, Computer, Projector, Handouts

Main Aims

  • They will be able to take a phone message, show that they understand the message in a phone call and have conversations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • They will ask people to repeat and speak more slowly.


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

The T writes preteaches the words "call" and "take & leave a message" by miming and making use of their synonyms and antonyms. The T shows the pictures on p.32 and asks the questions. - Who's calling? - Who's taking a message? The sts answer.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher explains the purpose of the listening.The sts look at the conversation in 2a for a minute. They start listening and complete the note. They check their answers with pairs. Then the sts read the conversation in 3a.

Clarification (5-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher shows the conversation in 3a . She points out the highlighted expressions and the questions in 3a on the board. The T gives an example, gets the sts in pairs and the sts discuss the answers. They listen and check later.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The sts complete the conversations in 4a and practise the dialogue in pairs. They change the names, adresses, places in conversations and again practise with their partners.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The T explains the task in 5a. The sts use the role cards and make two new conversations in pairs. Then T gives new role cards and they ask questions and fill in the missing information practising the target language in the HO.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

The teacher explains the dialogue order activity in the HO and gives the material. The students read and put the dialogue in order. They check in pairs and write their own dialogues.

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