Geeta Thapa Geeta Thapa

listening and speaking lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, ss will get an opportunity to practice listening for gist and specific information. Ss will also learn useful phrases when talking about challenges and achievements. Finally, Ss will have the opportunity to practice the target language through controlled and freer speaking activities.


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Main Aims

  • To provide opportunity for students to improve their skills in listening for gist and specific information.
  • To provide students opportunity to improve their speaking skill while using the target language.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with the knowledge of key phrases that they can use in daily life while talking about their achievement.


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

Teacher shows the picture of scuba diving, bungee jumping, and paragliding and asks ss 'what are they doing?' (Scuba diving , bungee jumping and paragliding). 'What kind of sports are they? Does anyone know?'(Its called extreme sports). Teacher asks, 'Has anyone ever done these kind of sport?' Teacher instructs ss to talk with their partner, 'Please talk with your partner and discuss if you or anyone you know has done this kind of sports and what it was like.' Teacher nominates 1 or 2 students and asks them about their experience.

Pre-teach vocabulary (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with necessary vocabularies to understand the listening task

Teacher elicits the word challenge. These sports are scary and very difficult to do. There are somethings in life, it could be easy for another person but very difficult for you. If you want to do it, you need to work harder, you need to really want to do it and be focused. Do you know what kind of task it is called? What’s the another word for a very difficult task? Challenge ( It was a big challenge for me to learn swimming but I did it) So, when the job is challenging, is it easy to do? No Do you have to work harder? Yes Do you have to want to do it? Yes Write on board: Challenge (n) /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/ Challenging (adj) /ˈtʃæləndʒɪŋ/ Drill the word When you do something challenging and you succeed, what do you call it? You want to do something, this is your goal and you reached your goal? Do you know a word for it? Achievement. Is it a good thing or bad thing? Good thing were you successful? Yes Did you reach you goal? Yes Teacher writes Achievement (n) /əˈtʃiːvmənt/ (e.g. It was my biggest achievement to learn to speak English fluently) Drills with the class.

Listening exercise (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Gist listening: Teacher asks ss to listen and find out if you think she liked scuba diving or not? did she achieve her goal? Teacher reads the script. Teacher asks them to discuss in pair to check. Teacher provides w/c feedback Listening for specific information #1: Teacher gives handout with few questions. She asks them to listen again and answer questions. Teacher asks them to check answer with the partner while she monitors. If everyone has correct answer, she moves forward to next step, otherwise provides f/b Listening for specific information #2: Teacher then gives gap-fill handout. She asks them to listen and fill in the gaps with missing phrases. Reads the script again. Ss will peer-check their answers. W/C feedback.

Useful Phrases (5-7 minutes) • To make sure students are aware of the phrases that can be used while speaking about their achievements and challenges.

Teacher writes the sentences including the key phrases on the board. She focuses on the stress and intonation. She then drills the phrases. I didn’t know how to swim so I was very nervous. I found it really easy to follow the instructions and go under the water. It was the breathing through the mouth I had trouble with. I didn’t know how to get rid of it. I tried to ask the instructor. It was a difficult challenge but also a good experience. For me, it was quite an achievement.

Planning (3-4 minutes) • To allow students to note down information to prepare for discussion

Teacher lets ss know that they will talk about their own challenges/ achievement using these phrase. She gives them handout with few questions and ask them to take notes.

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Teacher assigns students into different pairs and asks them to share their experiences with at least 2 or more students (depending on time) Teacher provides brief demonstration: 'my biggest challenge was coming to live in Turkey, so far from my family. At first, It was the language I had trouble with. I couldn't understand the Turkish language but then i started to go to language school...' Teacher monitors and takes notes of good and bad use of target language by students. teacher provides feedback to the whole class.

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