Lauren Burden Lauren Burden

TP 2 - Listening
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about every-day vocabulary through guided discovery based on an audio (and transcript text) about expressing emotions and opinions in situations. The lesson starts with a discussion in pairs on what people in photos are feeling and why they would be feeling that way. This is followed by gist and detailed tasks where students listen and match an audio to who said it and later correct true or false sentences about people describing how certain things make them feel. Finally, there is some free practice via a final question and answer speaking activity.


Abc Meaning
Abc Listening for gist
Abc Listening for detail

Main Aims

  • To provide listening practice for gist and detail in the context of opinions about life's ups and downs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a discussion in the context of expressing emotions about specific things or situations.
  • To provide clarification of vocabulary related to expressing emotions and responding in situations that might be useful to Ss


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

a. Show slide 1 of a boy laughing and a woman being stressed (photos from the lesson). Ask students to describe how the people in the photos are feeling on jam board. Based on this, then have them describe what could make the photos feel like that in pairs/groups of 3 for ~2 minutes via private chat. b. Share thoughts from each group with class.

Pre-Listening (5-6 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-- Use slide 2 to pre-teach key vocabulary important for understanding the audio by matching sentences with photos. I’m going to read some sentences out loud, they are also on the screen, and after we go over each one I want you to tell me what photo the sentence goes with best. Pay close attention to the underlined word. i. Shelly’s been really depressed because her dog died. ii. Mustard is gross, I absolutely detest it. iii. I’m very stressed (out), I have so many things to do and not enough time to do them. iv. Chris’s face turned red when he ripped his pants because he felt embarrassed. -- CCQ & Pronun. & FCQ (Listen to my tone as well) i. Depressed (/dɪˈpɹɛst/) 1. CCQ: a. Is she happy or sad? (Sad) b. How sad is she? (very sad, extremely) 2. Pronun: a. How many syllables? (2) b. Where is the stress? (on the last syllable) i. Count: de-PRESSED 3. FCQ: What part of speech is this? a. Adjective. Ex: ‘She is depressed’ is describing her state of being. ii. Detest (/dɪˈtɛst/) 1. CCQ: a. Do I like mustard? (No) b. Do I dislike it a little or a lot? (A lot) 2. Pronun: a. How many syllables? (2) b. Which is the weak syllable? (1st) i. Count: de-TEST (just like depressed) 3. FCQ: Is this a verb or a noun? (verb) iii. Stressed out (/’stɹɛst’ aʊt/) 1. CCQ: a. Am I calm? (no) b. Do I feel okay physically? (sure) c. Do I feel okay emotionally or mentally? (No, not really) 2. Pronun: How many syllables? (2) a. Clarify: Don’t pronounce the -ed. Link between ed-out sounds like stress’dout 3. FCQ: What part of speech is this? Adjective (describing me). Can it also be a noun or verb? (Yes) We can say: I am stressing out (transitive verb) or I have a lot of stress put on me (noun) iv. Embarrassed (/ɪmˈbæɹ.əst/) 1. CCQ: a. Is Chris comfortable or uncomfortable? (Uncomfortable) b. Does he want anyone to see what happened? (No) c. Clarify: False cognate: He is not pregnant 2. Pronun: a. How many syllables? (3) b. Where is the stress? (2nd, in middle) i. Count: em-BAR-rassed 3. FCQ: Is this an adjective? (Yes) Can it be verb? (yes) Ex: he is embarrassed vs he embarrassed her

While-Reading/Listening #1 (6-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

a. Learners will hear an audio to get the general idea of the text. Once finished they will complete the matching gist form on google docs where they will match who answered each question. Send google form, concept check if necessary ‘frightens’: scares. They will listen for 3 minutes, take notes while listening, and then have about ~1-2 minutes to answer the form. - What makes you laugh? (speakers 5 & 9) - What frightens you? (speaker 6) - What makes you feel depressed? (speaker 3) - What helps you to relax? (speaker 4) - What do you really detest? (Speaker 8) - What makes you stressed? (speaker 2) - What makes you feel embarrassed? (speakers 1 & 10, maybe 5) - What makes you happy? (speaker 7) b. Students check answers in pairs via private chat box. OCFB.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

a. I will share the audio transcript with the Ss before the second listen through. Tell Ss they will now listen carefully for specific detailed understanding and can follow along with the audio transcript if they had any confusion from the gist task. I will screenshare the detailed google form task and explain that Ss will answer whether the statement is true or false, and if it is false, they will fill in the correct answer. Concept check: remember embarrassed; does it mean pregnant? (No, false cognate). You will have about 3 minutes to answer, Try not to rely on the transcript to answer the questions. - Speaker 2 stresses out when the phone rings and no one answers it. (Answer: True) - Speaker 3 feels depressed in the summer when its hot all the time and they never get to see the moon. (Answer: False. They feel depressed in the winter because its cold and dark all the time, and they never see the sun) - The thing that frightens speaker 8 the most is horror films. (Answer: False. Its speaker 6 is frightened by horror films. Speaker 8 detests snakes) - Saturdays put speaker 7 in a good mood because they have the whole day ahead of them. (Answer: True) - Speakers 1 and 10 both get embarrassed when they don’t recognize someone at social gatherings. (Answer: False. Speaker 10 gets embarrassed when they don’t recognize someone in public, but speaker 1 gets embarrassed when they say something stupid) b. Ss check answers in pairs via BORs. ~2 minutes. - I will monitor here to see if the audio needs to be replayed. c. OCFB. Go over answers on google slide 3.

Post-Reading/Listening (16-18 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

a. Students will now pick 3 of the questions on slide 4 and prepare answers to those questions for about ~2 mins. They will then be paired in BORs. Once in BORs, they will have ~8-9 mins (in total; ~4 each) to share their answers with each-other, but not the specific question they answered. (I'll try to send reminders.) Their partner will then have to guess what question they answered. For example: When bugs touch me (Answer: I detest…). Ask follow up questions to learn why your partner “detests bugs”. i. Pick three of the following to answer: 1. What makes you laugh? 2. What frightens you? 3. What makes you feel depressed? 4. What helps you to relax? 5. What do you really detest? 6. What makes you stressed? 7. What makes you feel embarrassed? 8. What makes you happy? b. OCFB. c. DEC on jamboard ~4-5 mins

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