Todd Callison Todd Callison

TP7: Listening 1
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will listen to an audio selection of a woman recounting her experience travelling with a friend to Venice. Her friend invited herself along and turned out to be a terrible travel companion, ruining the trip for the others. We will introduce the topic with a lead-in, pre-teach vocabulary and analyse MFPA for new or difficult language before moving on to gist and detail listening tasks, then a post task to discuss the text.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about travel to Italy in the context of an unenjoyable trip with an unsuitable companion

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice for blocking lexis--words and phrases related to the trip to Italy


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Lead-In slide: photo of exasperated traveller Ask question: "What was your worst travel experience??" OCFB

Pre-Listening: Words and Phrases Review (9-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Pre-teach vocabulary: "a fantastic view" CCQ: "Is the scenery beautiful?" yes "Asked if she could" CCQ: "Did she ask for permission, or if it's possible?" permission "felt sorry for..." CCQ: "Does the person feel empathy?" yes "go sightseeing" CCQ: "Is this like visiting famous places?" yes Jamboard GD for M, 4 columns with synonyms, SFB F, elicit before or after words, using examples slides P, drill with intonation in context, slides A, elicit, answer: all neutral OCFB

While-Listening: Gist (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist listening tasks

Ask Ss to listen, "As you listen, try to answer this question:" Show Q: "Did Laura have a good trip? Why or why not?" Play audio Ask "How much did you understand?" Ask "Would you like to hear it again?" Replay if necessary OCFB

While-Listening: Detail (11-13 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging detail listening task

Send form, confirm receipt, review (demo form) I: "Please take about a minute to study the questions." I: "Now listen again to find the answers to the questions" I: "Work on your own and answer the questions" ICQ: "Are we looking at the form and listening at the same time, or just listening?" looking at the form and listening Play audio, replay if necessary I: "Please discuss your answers with your classmates. You have 4 minutes." Peer Check in BOG 4 minutes Ask Ss to submit form OCFB

Post-Listening (8-9 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

OCFB, discuss audio, student trips or holidays Discussion question: "What was your worst trip ever like?" DEC

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