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Baki Can Gören - Listening and Speaking 01.04.2019
Advanced level


In this lesson students get familiar with the context and the main theme of the unit called animal communication. They will also learn new vocabulary which will help them prepare for the listening practice in the next lesson


Abc Contemporary Topics 3

Main Aims

  • To provide context and raise students' interest for the following listening practice (lecture) in the context of animal communication

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of vocabulary for the following lecture in the context of animal communication


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students to turn to page 82 Ask students to take a look at the the title of the unit ask; How do the animals communicate? Gather some answers by nominating some students Point out that animals can't use speech or language to communicate Do humans communicate without talking? Elicit some answers Steer the conversation toward gestures and mimics that humans use. Ask some students to make impressions. How does a scared person look? How does a playful/happy person look? How does a sad person look? How does an angry person behave? How do you show strength? How do you show support? How do you act when you want something?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a video clip

Have one of the students read the introductory text at the beginnging of the unit. Vocab to go over: rudimentary, sophisticated, unravel. Ask students the question at the end of the text; Do humans and animals communicate in the same way? Ask students opinions if there are any, but precise and clear answers are not needed here. Before the video clip give some info about the footage they are about to watch and pay attention to the similarities between the impressions they have just made and chimpanzees' communication Play the video clip on communication among chimpanzees Elicit anwers Scared, Playful, Sorry, Im the boss(strength), pouting (being sad), streching an arm out to ask for something

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

Have students to focus on practice B on page 82 Give students a couple of minutes to read the questions Ask students what the record might be about What animal are they talking about? Clarify the meaning of wagging Play the record Get answers from students

Vocabulary Practice (8-10 minutes) • To introduce new vocabulary through guessing from sentences in context and to use the new words in a controlled practice

Pair up students Ask students to look at the in sentences on page 83 Have students guess the meaning of the bold words through context They can take notes in L1 or write synonyms next to the words Make sure everyone has some answers. They can get help from other pairs if they have difficulty Don't get the answers here yet. Tell students to turn to page 84 and do practice B Elicit answers and clarify the meaning of some of the words that might be difficult for them

Word Order Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with new phrases and practice word order

Ask students to do practice C on page 84 in pairs Pairs can get from other pairs if needed Elicit answers and clarify meaning

Speaking practice (bonus) (8-10 minutes) • To provide speaking practice in the context of animal communication if there is any extra time

Tell students to turn back to page 82 and have them read practice C Students work in pairs What are the benefits of understanding animal communication? Give students some time to prepare Have some of the students give a short speech

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