Giovanna Meinberg Paganini Giovanna Meinberg Paganini

Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice their listening skills in the context of an audio about a conversation of cats versus dogs. In a lead-in task, students will talk about their favorite animals in pairs in order to spark the interest in the topic. Students will then be given a gist task to get the general idea of the audio. This will be followed by two different detail task in order to check for specific understanding of the audio. Finally, students will have the opportunity to personalize the topic and give their opinions on whether they prefer cats or dogs while using the language learned during the lesson.


Abc SpeakOut 2nd Edition

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about cats vs. dogs in the context of animals.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of animals and pets.


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

T welcomes Ss and shows a Google slides with the questions "What is your favorite pet? Why?" Ss discuss the question in Zoom breakout rooms for 2 minutes. T monitors. T conducts OCFB and asks Ss to share their discussions with the class.

Pre-Listening (6-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the audio and make it accessible

T sends Ss a Google Slides in which they are asked to work individually on 1 slide each for 3 minutes. T monitors slides. T conducts OCFB to check for correct answers regarding meaning and form. T conducts pronunciation drilling exercise while eliciting from Ss. T conducts OCFB to check if Ss have any questions.

While-Listening for Gist (5-6 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist listening task.

T sends Ss a Google Forms with a gist question. T asks Ss to look at the question and plays a 3 minute audio. T asks Ss to answer the question for 30 seconds. T conducts OCFB to check that everyone got the correct answers.

While-Listening for Detail (10-14 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

T sends Ss a Google Form and replays the 3 minute audio. Ss are asked to look at the true/false exercise while they listen to the audio. T gives Ss 1 minute to complete the task after the audio is played. T sends Ss to Zoom breakout rooms to discuss their answers for 1 minute. T conducts OCFB to check answers. T asks Ss to go to the 2nd page of the Google Form and replays the last half of the audio from 1:25. Ss listen to the audio while looking at the questions. After the audio, Ss are given 1 minute to complete their answers. T conducts OCFB to check for answers.

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

T sends Ss a Google Jamboard for visual aid in discussion. T asks Ss to scaffold their ideas for 1 minute with the following question: "Do you prefer cats or dogs? Why do you prefer one over the other? Try to use some of the words we learned from the audio." T sends Ss to Zoom breakout rooms in pairs for 4 minutes to discuss. T conducts OCFB in which Ss share their ideas. T conducts final FB and DEC.

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