listening and speaking
To provide students with practice in listening for gist and details in the context of a multi-cultural family.
To provide students with practice in speaking for fluency.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Introduce the topic of intercultural marriages and ask students the questions in ex. 1.
Pre-teach the unknown vocabulary in the record. Use the photo in the book to introduce the family and ask the question in ex 2. elicit some ideas from students.
Tell students that they will listen to an interview with Xabier and ask them in pairs to think about a couple of questions they would like to ask him about his family. Ask them to write one question on the board (distribute boardmarkers and ask them to come to the board at the same time to save time).Play the CD once for them to check if any of their questions were answered. Use the questions noted on the board to do plenary feedback.
Distribute the questions in ex. 3 (make the handout more reader-friendly with enough space to note down answers). Give students time to read the questions and deal with any unknown vocabulary. Play the CD again for the students to answer the questions. Make sure your instructions highlight the need to underline the questions they cannot answer. Give time for pair check and play the CD again if need be. Do plenary feedback. Be ready to play/read sections from the tapescript when an answer is not clear for the students. Tell the students to focus on the underlined questions and play the new recording (T1.8) for them to note down answers. Repeat the feedback procedures.
Use the question in What do you think? section or think of other questions related to the topic to get students to share ideas in pairs/groups or plenary.