Christopher Christopher

Teaching Practice 6
Beginner level


In this lesson students will be introduced to and become more comfortable talking about what they did in the past in the context of leisure and travel. They will also learn and start using words relevant to talking about transportation and weekend activities. They will practice this vocabulary via listening and reading exercises that will enable them to improve their skills reading and listening for gist and detail.


Abc Audio File: R9.10
Abc audio file R9.12
Abc Pictures 1-6
Abc Writing questionnaire: My weekend?
Abc Listening exercise 2
Abc Matching exercise sheet
Abc Listening exercise 5
Abc Reading exercise 8
Abc Photo: Liverpool

Main Aims

  • To provide practice speaking for fluency by learning and using vocabulary and sentence structures necessary for talking about travel and leisure.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice listening for gist and detail by hearing people talk about what they did and where they went last weekend or in the recent past.


Lead in/warmer: Writing about your weekend (7-9 minutes) • To help students remember words they may already know about travel and leisure activities and to introduce them to more words and phrases necessary for such discussions.

Tell students they will need to write four things about what they did the past weekend. Tell them to work on their own at first. Once they have come up with a few items, tell them to turn to a partner and compare their answers with him/her. Afterwards, as feedback have some of them tell you what they came up with. Help them with pronunciation and write down any important words they may mention in their answers, ensure that the whole class knows what these words mean.

pre-listening exercise (4-5 minutes) • To introduce students to the listening to someone talk about a trip to Liverpool and to get them prepared for what they are likely to hear discussed in the listening exercise.

Show students photo A and tell them that it is a picture of Liverpool. Put them into small groups and have them come up with five words of things they see in the picture. Afterwards, briefly have them tell you what they wrote and go over any important words or phrases they might come up with to ensure the whole class knows these words as well.

Listening Exercise: Listening for gist (5-7 minutes) • To get the students to practice reading for gist by hearing a conversation about a recent trip to Liverpool and answering basic questions.

Tell students to listen to the track and figure out when Caroline went to Liverpool. From what they heard can they tell if she had a good time? How do they know? Have them work in pairs and discuss their answers.

Listening: Exercise C (6-8 minutes) • To provide practice listening for details by having the students listen to the excerpt again and answer concept-based questions on what they have heard

Tell the students that they will listen to the recording again and this time need to focus on listening for detail. Hand out exercise 2 and have them listen and answer the questions. Have them check their answers with their partners. Then have them elicit the answers to you as a whole-class group.

train station matching exercise (5-7 minutes) • To familiarize students with words necessary in travel situations.

Put up pictures of each of the words in the box on page 75 and ask students if they know how to say each one of them in English. Briefly go over every word with students and make sure to check for proper pronunciation. Then hand out a sheet with the pictures on one side and the words on the other and with their partners have them match the two.

Listening practice 5: Pre listening exercise (5-7 minutes) • To provide more practice listening for gist and hearing people talk about train schedules at a train station.

Tell the students that they will be listening to another conversation. Tell them that they need to listen for gist and then answer the following two questions. Where is the man going? How is he going there? Play the conversation for them and tell them to discuss their answers with their partners.

Listening exercise: At the train station (5-7 minutes) • To provide practice listening for detail by hearing a conversation taking place at a train station.

Tell students to listen to the conversation again and this time focus on detail. Hand out exercise 5 and tell them to fill in the blanks with what they hear. Once they have done that have them work together with their partners to check their answers.

Role-playing: Buying a train ticket (6-8 minutes) • To get the students to practice speaking for fluency by having them act out the conversation they have heard.

In pairs, ask the students to assumer the roles of ticket seller and customer and read through the conversation again. Once they have done that. Ask them to switch roles and try it again. Then, when they have done that, ask them to turn their paper over and try doing it without looking. Monitor throughout to make sure they are following instructions

Time permitting: Feedback exercise (6-8 minutes) • To ensure students have understood the conversation they have listened to and that they understand the new grammatical structures they have been exposed to.

Hand out assignment #8 and ask students to read the conversation and underline the correct variation. Have them check their answers with their partners.

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