Jessica Kidd Jessica Kidd

Listening Lesson - Social Behaviour
Intermediate level


In this lesson, my students will be given a recording to listen to. During which I will help to focus their attention on the listening text and guide the development of their understanding of it. The activities involved will be matching the individual speaker to something they have said, as well as using the the 'useful language' box to further their understanding of the audio file. As the basis of this lesson is around 'tips on how to behave', we will also discuss and elicit some words related to this.


Main Aims

  • To provide specific information through listening practice using a text about social behaviour in the context of various scenarios and cultures.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with a task based approach to listening using recorded material in order to improve the students speaking abilities.


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

Print out words and stick them on the WB. These are words that i found in the recording that i feel the students might not understand and are relevant to the entire topic.1) Listening 2) Social behaviour. I will use these words to contextualise the topic at hand by accessing their current knowledge on the topic.

Pre-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Introduce certain words which link the audio recording to social behaviour, and get the students to give definitions of certain words and actions, and elicit their understanding of these words in their own culture.

While Listening #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

This step requires student to listen to the audio recording. They need to listen attentively as there will be an exercise with requires them to link the topic of discussion to each person talking. Remind the students that they are only listening for the topic and gist of each person. They will be given another opportunity to listen more attentively.

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

Play the recording again. Ask the students to discuss in pairs what each person said about the topic. Listen again and check. Advisable at this point to openly discuss any confusion or words that were not understand or heard clearly. Memory information retention is very important in this step as well as listening for certain words and phrases.

Post Listening (3-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Listen for the 3rd time while ticking the phrases they hear in the 'useful language box' Lastly students will be required to drill phrases which they hear in the audio. The students will use the knowledge gained from listening for the development of other skills such as speaking. The students will be given the manuscript and see what they might have had trouble understanding.

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