Seosamh Mac Giolla Phadraig Seosamh Mac Giolla Phadraig

In this lesson, Ss will practice listening from the context of one woman's story about how a photograph taken of her made her famous but cost her a fortune.
A2+ Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will review some useful vocabulary and be exposed to the target language in context through listening to one woman's story about how a photograph of her made her world famous but cost her a fortune.


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Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in listening through the context of one woman's story of how a photograph of her made her famous but cost her a fortune.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce students to lexis based on the listening and reading exercises.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To get Ss interested in the topic

Project short youtube video (Slide 1, 2 and 3) about the power of famous photographs on the screen and ask students to remember some words they hear. Maybe they are like to hear words such as 'photograph', 'choice', 'brave', 'middle', 'silence', 'camera', 'closer', 'sometimes', 'important', 'gesture', 'face', 'years', 'simple', and 'joy'. This step will engage Ss in the topic. Tell Ss to discuss the vocab they heard in pairs. Elicit feeback on the topic.

Pre-Listening 1 (7-9 minutes) • To prepare SS for the listening and to pre-teach some vocab that might block understading

Divide the class into 7 pairs/groups. Give each class a piece of lexis. Project 7 definitions on the w/b. Pin up 7 pictures around the class that represent a new element of the lesson's lexis. Game is for each pair to decide on what definition their piece of lexis matches and then find the accompanying picture from the walls and place both word and picture on the board next to the correct definition. Will model the game by an example picture and item of lexis. The fastest pair wins. T drills the sounds of the new lexis focusing on word stress. Uses CCQs to clarify meaning.

Prediction (7-9 minutes) • To predict what they might hear and give Ss a reason for listening

Hand out Famous Photographs handout with page 15 exercises from course book. Ask Ss to read 5a alone before discussing the picture with their partner. Encourage them to use the lexis they just learned. 2 min Ask Ss to read the article 'The image that cost a fortune' alone, then in pairs they can discuss the questions from 5b with their partner. 7min Provide help with u/standing if necessary. For example, with the word 'fortune'.

Listening (gist) (5-7 minutes) • To listen for general understanding

Tell Ss they will hear the recording two times. Advise them to listen for general understanding first. Ask them beforehand to listen especially for when the photograph was taken Play tapescript 1:44. Ss check with each other. Do some w/c feedback.

Listening (specific info) (8-10 minutes) • To listen for more specific information

Get Ss to read through 5d Question 1-5 for three minutes. Then play the recording. Ask Ss to peer-check answers. Get whole class feedback.

Post-Listening 1 (4-5 minutes) • To utilize the new lexis to talk about other famous photographs

Explain that Ss will do a final speaking activity that should use simple present and simple past and any vocabulay they've learned today and this week. The teacher pins 7 pictures around the room. Ss are divided into groups A and groups B with an A and B member placed at each picture. Ss are advised to discuss the picture with their partner. T gets students to elicit the concept of the activity by projecting Handout Famous Photographs All students move every 45 seconds but A move clockwise and B counter clockwise.

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