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Pronunciation of Dates and Listening for Information about Ordering Tickets
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, sts practice/review the ordinal numbers first through thirty-first for use in dates. They do several listening exercises for specific information: (1) for dates of upcoming events; (2) for booking tickets for shows.


Abc Hand-out of listening exercises and concert hall brochure

Main Aims

  • To provide sts practice in listening for specific information in the context of booking tickets for shows.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To teach students proper pronunciation of dates, especially /θ/.
  • To provide the sts with listening practice of useful vocabulary for ordering tickets for shows.


Dates (4-5 minutes) • To get sts to say the dates as warm-up for pronunciation drilling.

1. Tell Sts "my birthday is on the 20th of January. Who has a birthday in January? Stand up. Is the birthday before Jan. 20? After? Then line up before and after me." 2. Continue until all Sts have said their birthdate and all standing in a row.

Pronunciation (8-10 minutes) • To provide Sts training in pronunciation of ordinal numbers.

1. Point out numbers on HO. Go around room and have sts say the numbers. 2. Return to any numbers wrongly pronounced and repeat them. Elicit “third” from three students. Say the word and ask sts if it is the same. Tell them to look at my mouth and repeat the wrong and right pronunciation and ask them what the difference is in terms of my mouth. 3. Repeat with fourth and fifth. 4. Demonstrate to sts how to put tip of the tongue between the teeth. Go through all 31 numbers. 5. Tell them to work in pairs and check to make sure the partner is making the sound correctly.

Listening for specific information (2-2 minutes) • To provide sts with listening practice to dates.

1. Focus sts on ex. 2 and have them guess the missing words. 2. Give a listen to the CD and have them check with their partner. 3. Repeat without CD for clarification. 4. Return to dates on WB and have sts say some of them.

Listening for specific information (5-7 minutes) • To provide Sts with listening practice to the TL in the context of a dialogue.

1. Tell sts to look at program. Ask when Los Van Van is playing. Do we know when Justin Timberlake is playing? No. tell sts to listen to CD. I will play it once. 2. Have them check with a partner. 3. Play CD again and give them answer key to check with partner.

Pre-listening: fill in the gap (6-8 minutes) • To provide sts preparation for listening for specific information exercise.

1. Drill vocabulary at for ex. 1 (p. 93). 2. Tell sts to work alone to fill in gaps, then check answers with partner. 3. Go over answers by reading sentences out loud and eliciting the missing word.

Listening for specific information (12-15 minutes) • To provide Sts with practice in listening for specific information.

1. Tell sts to look at chart. Write the names of the callers on the WB. Draw picture of Trevor in his box office. 2. Ask sts what they see: what information do they have to listen for? 3. Play the dialogues through and tell sts to check answers with a partner. 4. Give a second listen and check; then elicit answers.

Production via open questions • To provide Sts more practice with speaking for fluency. This exercise will be done only if time allows.

As time permits, pass out the questions following from the last listening exercise to allow sts practice and asking and answering questions about concerts, booking tickets, ticket prices, etc.

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