Madina Madina

Unusual homes
B2 level


Abc “Unusual homes” handout
Abc Unusual homes recording

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson Ss will have practiced their ability to listen for detailed comprehension in the context of three people talking about their unusual homes

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of different types of accommodation in the context of Unusual Homes


Lead-in “Associations” (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and generate ss’ interest

T is to tell Ss that T will show them photos of 4 different places to live. Ss will need to write down their associations(3-4 words/phrases), evoked by the photos. T is to ask prompting questions: “What do you think it is like to live there? How would you describe the place on the photo?” Each S will get a printout of the photos with enough space to write their associations around the picture. T is to ask Ss to compare their associations in a group or pairs, if there are enough Ss. After that T is to ask Ss to discuss and decide on one place they would want to live in and why.

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare ss for the text and make sure they know the necessary vocab

T is to elicit necessary vocabulary (ex.1, p.28) from Ss. T is to ask Ss to work in pairs: please, take a look at the pictures, discuss what the recording is going to be about. After the discussion, T is to ask Ss to match photos to words from the box.

While-Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide ss with a gist listening tasks

T is to ask Ss to listen carefully to the recording to determine where people from the recording live and choose their answers from the box in ex.1, p.28 Compare answers in a group/pairs

While-Listening #2 (5-7 minutes) • To let ss practice their listening for details skill

T is to tell Ss to listen to the recording again and this time note the best/the worst things about where people from recording live. Discuss and compare answers in a group/ pairs

While-Listening #3 (5-7 minutes) • To let ss practice their listening for details skill

T is to ask the Ss to match following statements (ex.4, p.29) to unusual homes from the recording. Ss to check their answers in a group/pairs

Post-Listening (5-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the recording and expand on what they've learned

T is to propose a discussion in a group/pairs: If you could spend a holiday with one of the people from the recording, who would you choose and why?

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