Sultan Alara Cetin Sultan Alara Cetin

Upper-Intermediate level


In this integrated skills lesson, students are expected to listen for gist and specific information as well as speaking for fluency in the context of risk taking. As a subsidiary aim the students are also provided with a short text, which they will use as supporting text to the production part of the lesson (speaking).


Abc T6 - Presentation
Abc T6 - Listening exercise handout
Abc T6 - Script handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information while listening about risk taking.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of risk taking.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist in the context of risk taking.


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

How a picture of Mark Zuckerberg and his quote "In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." and ask them if they agree.

Pre-Listening Task (5-7 minutes) • to prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Pair students and ask them to imagine having a dream where they were standing on the edge of a cliff and ask what sort of dream that would be for them. Provide them with three options: an exciting one, a nightmare, an interesting one. Then ask them what they think their answer says about their attitude to risk? Let them talk in their groups.

Exposure through listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening for gist and specific information

Let them listen to six people answering the question "Are you a risk taker?". Ask how many of the speakers consider themselves to be risk takers. Let them check their answer with their partners. Let them listen one more time and figure out which speaker: - says that some activities are enjoyable because they are a bit risky -thinks that his/her attitude to risk is different from what it was before -thinks that taking risks means losing control -had to pay some money because of his/her risky behavior -worries about his/her personal safety -does something which most people think of as very risky, but which he/she says is not Let them check their answers within their groups. Let them listen one more time if they need it.

Productive Speaking Task (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Handout the worksheet that has a lot of questions about risk taking to the students. Put them in pairs and give each student a role. (Either A or B) Let the A's ask B's questions highlighted with yellow and B's ask A's questions highlighted in pink. Tell them to write "R" next to the questions their partners say they can risk doing. Then ask them to look back at what they have written and ask if they think their partner is a risk taker and whether their partner agrees or not. Let them share their answers in their groups.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Monitor the students during the productive speaking activity. Write down the good language and point out their mistakes if any.

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