Deniz Deniz

Listening and Speaking
B1 level


In this lesson, students encounter the idea of a bucket list by listening to a number of people talking about experiences they decided they needed to-do in their lifetime. The tasks involve listening for gist to identify the activity, their reason for doing it, and how it affected them. Then students listen for specific information.


Abc Power-Point Slides

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about the speakers' experiences in the context of 'a bucket list'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of a bucket list


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows the poster of "The Bucket List" movie to Ss. T asks Ss if they watched the movie and want them to talk about it (if they watched, what happened in the movie and if they liked it.) T makes Ss watch a section of the movie for those who do not watch it asks Ss what they think about it

Pre-Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T draws Ss' attention to the photos and elicits that the idiom to kick the bucket has a figurative meaning apart from the literal meaning illustrated in the first photo. T finds out if any of Ss know the meaning and discusses what a bucket list might be. T confirms answers with the class.

Pre-Listening #2 (5-8 minutes) • To teach the vocabulary using photos

T asks Ss to match the photos with the corresponding activities on the list. T checks the answers with the class and drills any vocabulary from the list that may cause problems.

While-Listening #1 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ss read the instruction and questions 1-3. T plays the recording, pausing after each speaker if necessary for Ss to note their answers. T checks answers together.

While-Listening #2 (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

T asks Ss to decide which of the speakers talks about each aspect 1-9 and points out that sometimes they may need more than one person in their answer. T plays the recording again so that Ss can check and also complete any answers they did not know. T checks the answers with the class.

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

T asks Ss to create their own 'bucket lists'. T sends Ss to the breakout rooms and asks them to discuss and compare their bucket lists.

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