Marianna Fina Marianna Fina

Listening Lesson
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice listening and speaking skills.


Abc Doff, A., Thaine C., Puchta, H., Stranks J., and Lewis-Jones, P. (2015) Empower Upper Intermediate

Main Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about winning the lottery

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of winning the lottery


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

To introduce the SS to the listening and speaking lesson, I will show them a document with different currencies from around the world, and I will invite them to play a game in which they have to guess where the currencies are from.

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

Preteach words to help SS understand the listening texts that will follow. The words will be elicited using a sort of "fill in the gap" exercise: for each word there will be 3 sentences, with one deleted word. SS have to guess the deleted word. The 3 words are: "disaster", "myth", "misery". After Eliciting, there will be CCQs, then drilling and the word will be written down. The SS will be given a few questions as a pre-reading task for the following listening activity. The questions are: Does winning a lot of money make you behave badly? Does having lots of money make you happy? Does buying things make you happy? The SS are asked to think for a minute about the answers, then they are invited into BO rooms to discuss with peers. Lastly, when in the main room again, students are asked to write down their answers in the chat box.

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

The students listen for the first time to the audio text and they check their answer in open class forum. The students are asked to compare their predictions to the listening, if they found anything different or surprising.

While Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with a more challenging listening task

The SS are asked to tick the points that Monica makes in the listening: 1 Most people who get a lot of money spend it all quickly. 2 We enjoy hearing stories about people who won the lottery and then lost all their money. 3 Suddenly having lots of money usually has a negative effect on you. 4 Most people feel much happier just after they win money. 5 In the long term, being rich doesn't always make you happier. 6 It's better to spend money on things you can own, like houses and cars. The SS have a second listening of the text, this time they can check if the sentences they ticked were the correct ones. The students are asked to enter BO rooms to peer check their answers. In the main room in open class forum we wrap up the activity with final thoughts about the mentioned sentences.

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

The SS are asked which points listed previously they agree with. Then they are asked if they know of any similar examples of people they know or people they've heard of. SS are invited to think for one minute about their answers and then they are invited to join BO rooms to discuss with peers.

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