TP 7 - Listening
By the end of the lesson, the learners will have practiced listening for gist and detailed information, in the context of sharing opinions about pet ownership
Learners will have also discovered the MFP of five new lexical items.
Learners will have also practiced their fluency for speaking in the post-task discussion
Procedure (36-45 minutes)
Greeting, introduction Learners are directed to open Jamboard with Q Jamboard with Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person? https://jamboard.google.com/d/1qI5En6OZ8HgpmcSp9M6Kue0ZV5vQVs3J_L5LO4Fql70/edit?usp=sharing Learners write sticky notes with their preferences. Learners can choose both (cats and dogs) – 1 minute T looks over and notes if the group has more dog people or cat people. Pair up the students in breakout rooms – 2 minutes Learners ask each other and discuss the questions: Do you prefer dogs or cats? Why? Write your arguments for and against in the chat box. OCFB – 1 minute Call out individual learners and hear them out.
T tells learners they will listen to an audio recording to get the general idea of the conversation. . T asks the learners go to Google Forms https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1AGPE4clFbOh89AQXWGOQdjkwzA4HyoJsZrwmpPY9aKQ/edit?usp=sharing and listen to the audio on Slide 2 . Learners listen to the audio recording first time for gist. – 3 minutes ( Alternative location of the audio clip (if Google does not play): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DWybFtXmFg4MwxEfz-HkP3_EgdG7B8r1 ) T asks learners to look at statements on Slide 3, choose the best summary of the conversation and put the # in the chat box. (Correct answer #1) 1/ Moira loves that dogs are real companions, Ken doesn’t want a pet to be too demanding. 2/ Ken hates that dogs smell, Moira doesn’t like the idea of having an independent pet. 3/ Moira believes that you can’t trust cats, Ken says that you shouldn’t need to train an animal. T then conducts OCFB calling individual students to share their answers.
Learners listen to the conversation again. Now they need to decide which statements are True or False. Google forms – True or False quiz https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcGSjLLVA3zST_KnCqXXrHI2FoM2Gni-ie63zg5tvNPqHomg/viewform?usp=sf_link Learners must write their name when answering the first Q. 1/ Moira says that dogs are more trustworthy than cats. - T 2/ The problem for Ken is that dogs take over your life. - T 3/ Moira understands that independence is a positive virtue in pets. - F 4/ Ken would like to more with his cat. - F 5/ Ken complains that dogs are dirty. - T 6/ In the end, they agree to disagree. – T Learners work individually for 2 minutes. T puts learners in breakout rooms. Then learners compare answers with their partner in a breakout room before they submit. Breakout rooms – 2 minutes T checks with the learners if they want the audio replayed one more time before OCFB. T conducts OCFB, shows the results of the quiz and asks to correct false statements calling out individual students.
The learners will analyse M and F of the words/ collocations as Guided Discovery activity They need to open their individual folder on Google Forms https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RO2usqlhqkqAfdFWo6xAm4mRxCRhjOiQ The files will have the task included on the page. Instructions: Analyze the sentences below taken from the audio text. For the words in bold, work out the definition using the context. You can use an online dictionary (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/us or https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/). Also decide what part of speech is it (verb / adjective / noun / other)? Is it formal, neutral or informal? Give a synonym. Write a sentence structure. 1/ A cat couldn’t care less half the time. 2/ Ok, point taken. 3/ My problem with dogs is that they are too just too needy and it is so time consuming having a dog. 4/ Cats are genuinely independent, they are self-sufficient. 5/ There’s one more really important thing to bear in mind. T demos first collocation: A cat couldn’t care less haft the time. Meaning: Couldn’t care less - used to express complete indifference. Doesn’t matter. A cat couldn’t care less haft the time. (informal) Synonyms: indifferent, don’t care CCQs Do cats want to be by your side all the time? – No What do cats do half the time? – Mind their own business Do cats make good companion animals? – Half the time Form: Auxiliary verb Could + care + less + that + complement Pronunciation: Couldn’t care less / / kʊdnt cɜɾ ləs / Stress falls on Couldn’t Learners work in pairs in breakout rooms and fill in the M and F for 2 vocabulary words /collocations and analyse the words/collocations written on their page. Half of the class will be doing #2 and 3, another half of the class will be doing #4 and 5. 4 minute activity. In 4 minutes T conducts OCFB by going over MAF for each word/ collocation.
Slide 4 T asks learners to work in pairs and express their own opinions using the collocations (analysed earlier) and words below: 1/ Compare dogs and cats. 2/ Do you live in a pet-friendly society or not? In what way is it apparent? Use some of the words Care less Time consuming Bear in mind Stick with Point taken Self-sufficient Reliable Needy Interactive Adaptive Neurotic Fearful Obedient T conducts OCFB and asks individual students about their partners’ opinions. DEC