Stuart P. Horsey Jr. Stuart P. Horsey Jr.

B1 / Pre-Intermediate level


This will be a listening-focused class revolving around a 2 minute and 30 second track about a skydiving event over New Mexico. The speaker has a British accent and since I don't possess this accent, one benefit the students will get is listening to he and I and internally grasp the contrast of the accents. This audio will evoke some discussion about topics like skydiving, but also talking some about pronunciation and emphasis/stress in different vocabulary. They'll also be challenged to recall details from the audio.


Main Aims

  • To engage the students about a bizarre and complex topic, thereby expanding their abilities to understand and speak about such topics in English.
  • To provide gist and detail of an exciting public event through listening, giving them practice to listen for detail and gist through a common medium i.e. radio/podcast.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To present vocabulary about an uncommon topic, which is skydiving, and to introduce the concept of 'record breaking'.
  • I will challenge the students to speak about a record they might like to break, as well as their own feelings on the act of skydiving.


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

I will refer to the title "The Man Who Fell to the Earth" and ask the students to interpret the title. What do they picture? Is it an ordinary man who we are referring to? This will be a nice warm-up in an open class environment.

Pre-Listening (7-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

We will go over four vocabulary words from the audio and discuss the Meaning, Pronunciation and Form of each. These are from pg. 159 in the handbook, where the audio transcript is provided. This is open-class.

While-Listening #1 (10-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

I will present a link to Google Jamboard with three less challenging questions, to give the students an opportunity to get the gist of the content. I will play the audio, which is 2 1/2 minutes long. I will request for them to use private messaging on the Zoom chat box in pairs. We will then as an open class discuss the questions and answers.

While-Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

We will listen to the audio a second time, I will be requesting them to take notes if it helps them, and to prepare for a more detailed task. They will answer 10 True or False questions from Google Forms - again, using private messaging in the chat box (in pairs if possible) then we will discuss the answers as an open class.

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

First there will be a speaking task. These will be some open-ended questions from the handbook. We will have breakout rooms again - just for three minutes - before an open class discussion. Finally, I will use the Zoom whiteboard to make a DEC, which I will have prepared in my notebook in person here.

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