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Listening/ Intelligent animals
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will try to understand what they hear. Additionally, they'll learn some vocabulary of animals' names. The lesson will start by eliciting the names of animals through given pictures. Later, they will be asked some questions and talk in pairs. In listening, they'll try to answer the questions that are asked in the worksheet. Finally, there will be free and controlled practice.


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Main Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about intelligent animals in the context of plural animal names

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of intelligent animals


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

To warm the students up and prepare them for the lesson, I'll ask them "What is your favourite animal? Why?" I can give them an example like "My favourite animal is a dog because they are like a friend"

Pre-Listening (7-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

To teach some blocking vocabulary, I would tack the pictures of animals which were given in the book on the board. The animals will be dogs, parrots, whales, dolphins, chimpanzees. First I'll ask them if they know their names and if not, to elicit those animals' name, students will work in pairs or groups. I'll write the words into papers and put those papers on their table. They'll try to guess which animal is which. They'll be given two minutes. After that, they will come on the board and match the names with animals. One by one, I'll drill the words chorally and individually. PS: In the book, all animal names are given in the plural form, I will teach it like "one whale, two whales"

While-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

In this section, I'll give students the worksheet and give them instructions. "Listen to a radio programme about intelligent animals. Number them in the order you hear them" If I understand that they didn't get what they need to do, I would tell them "about which animal do they speak first, second...?" 1. Will you read a radio programme? (No.) 2. What will you do? (listen and order what we hear) They will listen to a radio programme and order the words individually and then check their answers together. Instead of telling them the answer directly, I'll write a number for each word by the order and stick them on the walls so that they can go around the classroom and get the correct answers. After that, I will ask them the correct order.

While-Listening #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The students will listen again to do another task. They will listen and try to find "Which things can each animal do?" They can listen more than two if needed. The students need to find the animals which speak to each other, speak like humans, paint pictures, use computers, remember names, remember numbers. After they work individually, they'll work in pairs and discuss their answers. If they gave the wrong answers, let them listen again and correct their answers. In the end, check the answers altogether.

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

Ask the students to work in pair. 1. Tell them to talk to their partner about "Which animal on the radio programme impressed you the most? Why? or in an easy way "Which animal affected you the most?" 2. How good are you good at remembering...... A quick game may be fine here. E.g. Ask your partner's number and try to remember without writing it down.

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