Listening (Pushy Parents)
Intermediate level


Lesson starts with T asking Ss if they have any children/how many if they have. Then T tells Ss to discuss in pairs "what did you plan for them" and "what have they become". Then T gives a HO that includes a question for gist listening. T tells Ss to skip to second exercise for a controlled practice to listen for specific information. Then Ss answer to the third exercise to test understanding in pairs. T plays a second track to let Ss check their answers. Lesson ends with a freer speaking activity, a debate on positives and negatives of the pushy parents. If time, T will introduce MFP of the indirect questions.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about Pushy Parents in the context of Childhood

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of pushy parents


Lead in (3-5 minutes) • To set the context of parents' expectations.

Lesson starts with T asking Ss if they have any children/how many if they have. Then T tells Ss to discuss in pairs "what did you planned for them" and "what have they become". This stage ends up with a WC feedback.

Pre-Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare Ss for the listening task

T elicits/pre-teaches the meanings of the essential vocabulary before the listening activity Vocabulary List: Dilemma: a situation which you have to make a difficult choice. (noun) Ambitious: having a strong wish to be successful (adj) Disagree: not to have the same opinion (verb) Audition: to perform in order to get a role (noun) Obsessed: too interested in or worried about something ( adj.) Isolating: to separate something from other things (adj) Reasonable: fair and practical (adj) Pushy: behaving in an unpleasant way to get something or to make someone to do something (adj) Depriving: to take something away necessary of pleasant, away from someone (verb) T makes some pronunciation drilling.

Gist Listening (5-7 minutes) • To make Ssunderstand the main idea of the listening task

T gives the folded HO and asks Ss to listen and find an answer to the question in the HO. Then T tells Ss to discuss in pairs for the right answer. T ends this stage with a short WC feedback to see if everyone have the correct answer. CCQs for this stage: We are going to listen and answer the question. Why are we listening? "to answer the question"

While-Listening / Controlled practice (10-12 minutes) • To make Ss listen for specific information

T tells Ss to unfold the HO and listen carefully to do the exercise and plays the track. T will play track again if needed. Then Ss check their answers in pairs. T monitors during the pair checking to makes error corrections if needed. ICQs for this stage: Will you listen or guess the answer? "listen" Will you check your answers with a partner? "yes"

Post-Listening/Controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • To test the understanding

T gives a second HO and tells Ss to work in pairs and guess who gave which answer to the questions from audience. Then T plays the second track to listen and check their answers.T will play the track again if needed. T monitors Ss during listening to make error corrections. T gives the texted version of the listening task to Ss to check their answers. ICQ for this stage: Are you going to work alone or with a partner? "with a partner"

Freer Activity / Speaking (10-12 minutes) • To provide speaking practice on the topic

T splits class into two groups and assigns group A to find positive things about pushy parents and group B to find negative things about pushy parents. T gives Ss 5 minutes to discuss At the end of the 5 minutes T asks Ss to discuss and explain the reasons behind the positive and negative things they came up with. T will help with vocabulary during first stage of the activity if needed. ICQs for this stage: Will you work alone or with a group? "with a group" To group A: "will you find positive things or negative things? "positive" To group B: "will you find positive things or negative things?" "negative" WC: Will you only say the positive/negative things you found or explain them? "explain"

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