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Copy of TP Space tourists / Listening
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn and talk about space tourists through listening to the radio programme monologue: a discription of Star Quest; a TV game show. The lesson starts with a discussion about game shows in their country. The new vocabulary is introduced to the Ss and they try to predict from the words what the programme will be about.This is followed by jist listening and listening for detail. After the controlled practice Ss read the tapescript to find the compound nouns with numbers.


Abc hand-out with the tapescript of the listening text
Abc Hand-out for listening
Abc audio CD track number 2.10
Abc hand-out with the tapescript of the listening text

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about space tourists in the context of future

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a discussion after listening for detail in the context of space tourism
  • To provide clarification of nouns in the context of future and space tourists and get Ss prepared for gist listening


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

T asks directly if they know any game shows in their country. Ss may call out the names and T can collect them on the board. T establishes that a game show is a TV programme, it is a competition usually with prizes - smth very big amounts of money, a holiday or a car. T asks a few questions to get Ss interested in the context.

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

T tells Ss, that they are going to listen to a radio programme and that all the words in the box will be in the programme. She shows these words on the WB and asks Ss to match them with pictures. Then T asks Ss to predict from the words what the programme will be about. Ss first discuss their ideas in pairs and share their answers with the T, T writes them on the WB.

While-Listening #1 (9-11 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist listening tasks

Before listening the T writes NASA, Consortium and Quest. Ss try to quess what these words mean. Ss listen to the programme (ex.2) and work out a story: Contestants in a new TV game show (which will be filmed in a famous science museum) can win the chance to blast off in a rocket and become a space tourist." The T asks the Ss how close the story is to their predictions. In case Ss don't get the gist, it may be worth playing the recording two times.

While-Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

T asks Ss to answer the questions of ex.3 in pairs first, but doesn't check them. Then they listen to the recording again and check their answers together with the T.

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

Ss answer the questions of ex.4.

follow-up activity (4-7 minutes) • to introduce the new vocabulary (compound nouns with numbers)

T asks Ss to look at ex.1 and choose the correct answer. Without checking T gives the tapescript of the text to check their answers. Then together they work out a rule for the formation of these nouns.( We do not use the plural "s" in the first part of the compound), then do ex. 2. If time, the T shows the Ss other probable compounds to be used in everyday English and less likely compounds.

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