Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice listening and speaking about about surveillance.


Abc Table-fill handout
Abc Audio

Main Aims

  • To provide students with listening practice for gist (skimming) and details (scanning).

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of surveillance.To present vocabulary that is essential for understanding the task.


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

To start the lesson, I will tell Ss a short story about something that happened to me when I was shopping. I will let Ss elicit new vocabulary words and guess the topic.

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Direct Ss to the photo and ask them which type of technology they can see. Let Ss share their ideas weather they agree or disagree of having cameras everywhere in public places. In feedback, I will pre-teach the words surveillance and CCTV camera (closed circuit television) refers to.

While-Listening #1 (for gist) (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Suggest that Ss copy the table into their notebooks. Play the recording, telling them to listen only for whether the people like it or not.

While-Listening #2 (for details) (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

Divide Ss into As and Bs. Tell the As that they are only listening for the woman's opinion. Tell the Bs that they are only listening for the man's opinion. Play the recording again but do not check answers at this stage. After listening, ask Ss to work in A and B pairs to complete both columns in the table. Check the answers as a class.

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

Ask Ss to work in pairs to compare their opinions from the exercise with those of the speakers. They then discuss the questions as a class and say whether either of the speakers has made them change their mind or not.

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