Marius Marius

TP 1: Listening
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson students will be listening to a three (3) minute sound clip of persons speaking about achievements of the human race or their personal heroes. Students will learn to listen for gist and detail while also learning new vocabulary. This will be accomplished using basic Lead-in questions, a Jamboard task, a Multiple Choice Question sheet and a Worksheet for detailed questions.


Main Aims

  • To help the students develop their listening skills in the context of human achievements and great people both past and present.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To help students develop vocabulary when discussing the topic of achievements and role models
  • To provide the students with practice to speak accurately when giving information in gist or detail about achievements and role models


Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher begins by giving the students a handout containing 5 questions. Students instructed to read these questions regarding achievements and respond with a single example. Students have to complete this in 2 minutes. Upon completing the task, the teacher asks any 2 persons from the class for their responses to any 2 statements. Intended Dialog: Ok everyone. I have sent you all a link in chat to a Google Forms which contains 5 statements. I want you to give one example of each statement. You have 2 minutes to complete this. Teacher uses ICQ's: So, student A, how many examples are you supposed to give? And student B, how much time do you have? Excellent, here is the link, please begin.

Initial Listening Task - Gist (10-12 minutes) • To allow students to listen to the material and get a gist of the overall topic

Students are given a link to a Jamboard for some Pre-Teach Vocabulary. Students are instructed that they are to be placed in groups to match the words to their meanings. They are to complete this task in 3 minutes. In this Jamboard they will have to match 4 words to their respective definitions. The students will be sent the link to the Jamboard via Zoom chat and placed in groups of 3 in breakout rooms. When the students return from the task they will report their choices and teacher gives instant feedback on the meaning and pronunciation. Teacher notifies students that they will be listening to an audio clip which will be played for them by the teacher only once. Teacher tells students that the audio will be 3 minutes long and it contains 5 persons speaking in it. Teacher ensures that the students are able to hear the audio clip by playing the first 3 seconds and asking students to give a thumbs up if they can hear it. Students will be advised that they will now do a task of answering some multiple choice questions. Teacher sends a link to the Multiple Choice Questions via Zoom chat. Teacher instructs students to place the topics from the audio clip in order and to discuss with their groups which of the 5 persons they agree with the most and why. Students told to complete this is 5 minutes. Teacher monitors students and listens for any errors or inquiries. When students return the teacher will choose 1 member of each group to report on which person they agree with the most and why. Teacher gives feedback on answers and any corrections. This is intended to stimulate discussion and make clear the ideas being communicated in the audio.

Second Listening Task - Detail (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging task by scanning for specific information.

Teacher gives the link of the audio to all students via Zoom chat. Teacher instructs the students that they will be placed in breakout room groups of 3 again. Teacher will give students a link to the Worksheet Questions (detail) They have 10 minutes to complete the task. When students return the teacher gives instant feedback on the answers and any errors picked up on during monitoring.

Post-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with the opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Teacher places students in groups of 3 in breakout rooms to talk about who they think is a great person or role model for them and why. Teacher instructs students to use the words from the previous Jamboard task in their discussion. Teacher monitors the rooms listening for the use of words and any errors or poorly formed sentences. Students are given 7 minutes to complete this task. Students return from breakout rooms and teacher commends any good word usage or sentence structure used during monitoring. Teacher corrects any issues discovered during monitoring with a solution driven approach - "How can we fix this choice of word?" or - "How can we make this sentence a little clearer?" Congratulate Class. Thank students for their time and attention.

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