Maria Fernanda Pacheco Sanchez Maria Fernanda Pacheco Sanchez

Extreme temperatures
Upper-Intermediate level

Description

In this lesson, Ss will listen to two short stories about two different women who experienced extreme weather conditions. Ss will answer some questions related to the stories. Then Ss will discuss some adverbs that appeared in the stories and fill in the gaps. As the last stage of the lesson, Ss will talk about their own experiences related to extreme temperatures.

Materials

Abc Language analysis
Abc Audio 8.9
Abc Audio 8.8
Abc Audio 8.7
Abc PPT - Listening and speaking - Extreme temperatures
Abc Student's Book

Main Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice using an audio about extreme temperatures.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a brief discussion and controlled practice in the context of extreme temperatures

Procedure

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

-As a group, Ss will use a padlet to brainstorm the hot and cold places they can think of.

Pre-teaching vocabulary - Helena (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-Ss and T will check the words given to help predict Helena's story. -T will elicit the words considered important to understand the story. -E.g. pyramids, broke down, heat exhaustion, rehydration salts. *pyramids - Show Helena's photo and ask what is behind Helena? The pyramids. *broke down - Is it a verb or phrasal verb? Phrasal verb. Tell a short story. Refer to Language analysis TP4. *heat exhaustion - Tell a short story. Refer to language analysis TP4. *rehydration salts - First, check whether Ss know 'hydration', and go from there. Refer to Language analysis TP4.

While-Listening #1 - Helena in Cairo (10-11 minutes) • To provide Ss with listening practice for details.

-T will introduce Helena to Ss. -T will ask, based on the photo and the words, briefly discuss: What do you think happened to her? -T will play the audio once for Ss to check whether their predictions were true. Were your predictions true? -T shows the questions in Ex. 3, gives time for Ss to read, and plays the audio for Ss to answer the questions. -Ss listen to the audio one more time to check their answers. -Ss discuss their answers in pairs. -Back in the main session, we give feedback as a group.

Pre-teaching vocabulary - Abi in Russia (5-6 minutes) • To provide Ss with appropriate vocabulary to understand Abi's story.

-Ss and T will check the words given to help predict Abi's story. -T will elicit the words considered important to understand the story. -E.g. outskirts of town, anonymous landscape, huge blocks of flats, frozen nostrils, tram, bonfire. *outskirts (of town) - T tell a short story. Refer to Language analysis TP4. *anonymous (landscape) - does it have individual characteristics? No. Does it look the same? Yes. *blocks of flats - like tall buildings *nostrils - show your nose and nostrils *tram - is it a means of transportation? Yes. *bonfire -

While-Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with listening for details practice.

-T will introduce Abi to Ss. -T will show the words, related to Abi's story, one by one, and check that Ss know the meaning of all of them (we have discussed some above). -T will ask, based on the photo and the words: What do you think happened to her? -T will play the audio once for Ss to check whether their predictions were true. -Based on the questions Ss answered for Helena, Ss will answer for Abi. -Ss listen one more time to check their answers. -Ss discuss their answers in pairs. -Back in the main session, Ss have feedback.

While-Listening #3 - Adverbs (5-6 minutes) • To provide Ss with listening practice.

-Ss will look at a list of different adverbs that were used in the audio. -T will check that the meaning of these adverbs is understood. -Ss read the sentences and prepare to listen to the audios one more time to fill in the gaps with the appropriate adverb. -While listening, Ss will also follow the audio transcript. -In pairs, Ss discuss their answers. -Back in the main room, Ss have feedback as a group.

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

-In pairs, Ss will answer the questions *What do you think about Helena's and Abi's experience? *What would you have done in their place? *Do you prefer cold or hot weather? Why? *What's the coldest or hottest place you've ever been? *What were you doing there? *What was it like?

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