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Listening plan
Beginner A2, Grade 4 level


In this lesson, students will practice listening for gist and details. They will listen to 2 short audios from Breaking News English with the theme of travel and transportation. Using authentic news is expected to engage students and motivate them to listen to the audio. Since the audio is about events that already happened, it is a good opportunity to review the regular and irregular verbs in the past tense.After that the class will have a discussion on what brings good luck as in the audio an airline spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck." Finally, students will write a summary of the news.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice on listening for gist and details using an audio about travel and transportation.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussions about luck.
  • To provide practice of past simple tense in the context of a news article.


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

Show students a picture of a turtle. Using Think-Pair-Share strategy, students write down what comes to their mind when they see a turtle and then I will randomly select students to share their answers (5 minutes). Available at: https://www.britannica.com/animal/turtle-reptile After that, I will show the class the title: Turtle's walk delays planes at Tokyo airport and again in pairs they will predict how the turtle delayed a plane. I will choose students randomly to share share their predictions (3 minutes)

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

I will elicit from students the capital of Egypt, and then will ask them if they know where Tokyo is. I will show them then the location of Japan in the world map and will guide them to see how far away it is from their country (5 minutes). Then the discussion will shift to airports and I will elicit from them the definition of airports and what causes a plane not to fly on time. I will record their answers on the board (2 minutes) After that I will show them several spots from an airport and ask them to predict in pairs where the turtle was when she caused a flight delay. (3 minutes) I will then pre-teach the following words by showing photos and guiding questions (2 minutes). 1) tarmac: https://htssurfaces.co.uk/kensington/tarmac-driveways/ 2)coincidence: https://medium.com/@Cooperzi/the-double-coincidence-of-wants-exists-8b9648d7ead Do you think these two ladies planned to wear the same shirt or it was by coincidence?

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

Students will listen to the audio (1:40 minutes) And then they will have three questions to answer individually in their listening copybooks (4 minutes): 1) Where was the turtle? 2) In which city did the events take place? 3) What are the three reasons mentioned in the news for flight delays? They will then check their answers with their shoulder partner before I choose students randomly to read what they wrote (6 minutes)

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with listening for details practice.

Students will listen to the audio again in order to summarize the article in one sentence. They will work in pairs and then I will ask to share their answers (4 minutes). Then students will have a cloze exercise on the audioscript https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2109/210930-turtle-jc-a-2.html First, they will try to fill in the missing words (2 minutes), then they will listen again to the audio to check their answers.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with the opportunity to revise the past tense and to practice to speak fluently.

Ask students what they notice about the tense used in the script. Elicit from them why the past tense is used (2 minutes) Students will work in pairs to highlight the regular past tense in yellow and irregular past tense in green. Then I will go through the correct answers with them (5 minutes). Discussion and Writing Time: I will project this comment on the board "An airline spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck." In groups, students should write a small paragraph in response to this statement. They will be provided with colored paper and markers. Each group will have one spokesperson to present their argument. (10 minutes)

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