Zahra Zahra

Listening lesson
Intermediate level


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Main Aims

  • -for students to practice listening for gist and specific information in the context of comparing Chinese and British education systems.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to interpret information containing numbers and putting them into writing.
  • for students to practice pre-taught vocabulary


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Greet the students and engage in conversation with them before the lesson starts. - Present the title of the lesson and inform the students of the aim of the lesson (listening). - Start the lead-in activity and ask the students to discuss the questions in breakout rooms with a peer or peers. - Return to the main room and discuss the answers and engage in a lively conversation about the topic. - Present the next slide with the pictures and ask the students to guess what the pictures are implying. - Set the context of the lesson. (Comparing educational systems)

Pre-Listening/ Pre-teaching vocabulary (5-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening activity and make it accessible

- Inform the students that we will be learning a few vocabulary words relating to the topic. - Present the slide and go through each vocabulary word. - First, read the word aloud and ask them to repeat with the correct pronunciation and then explain the meanings of the word. - CCQ the definitions. For example, superior: does superior mean something that is lower in rank? Experiment: is it an invention? are we creating something new? are we collecting scientific data supported with numbers and figures?

While-Listening/Reading #1 (11-14 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

- Read out the title of the topic and what the main topic is about "Chinese vs. British education systems" - Ask the students to read activity A and the instructions silently. - Present the reading material and ask them to work on it individually. - Send the students to breakout rooms to compare their answers. - Come back to the main room and share the answers and answer key. - For the 3rd question, ask the students to raise their hands if they think the Chinese system will be better. - Present activity B, ask the students to read the instructions and explain the task in more detail. - Play the audio and ask the students to take notes. After playing the audio once, play it one more time while pausing after each number that is mentioned. - Ask the students if they are confident in their answers and share and correct them as a class. - Present the answer key.

While-Listening #2 (15-17 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

- Present activity C, and ask the students to read the instructions carefully and take notes of their answers. - Play the audio clip once and ask them to work on them individually. - Play the audio clip another time to make sure they are on track and have answered the questions. - Send the students to breakout rooms to compare their answers and discuss them. - Come back to the main room, play the audio, and tick the answers as they hear them. - Present activity D, ask the students to read the instructions carefully and let them know that we will listen and answer the table individually and then discuss the second part of the activity in groups and discuss their answers with each other. - Play the audio once, play the audio for the second time, and pause after each percentage to give the student enough time to write them down. - Send them to breakout rooms and present the answer key and discuss when they are back.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the activities and expand on what they've learned

- Present activity E, ask them to read and take pictures of the slide. - Send them to breakout rooms to discuss with each other. - Come back to the main room and have a class discussion about the questions. - Wrap the lesson up and ask the students if they have any questions.

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