Listening - sports stars and advertising (comparatives)
To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about sports stars and advertising in the context of celebrities
To provide practice of comparatives in the context of sports celebrities
Procedure (30-41 minutes)
Introduce topic of sports and celebrities, ask students to think about who are some famous athletes in their home country or athletes they personally like, then tell their partner about it. I will be sitting down for this!
Students first look at the row of sports stars and dates of birth at the top of the lesson page and, working in pairs, guess which athlete has which birthday. I play the first short listening exercise and they check their answers.
Review/pre-teach the following words/phrases appearing in the longer dialogue: good-looking, "the face of" something, champion, get in touch with someone.
Explain the task before hitting play: listen for the general idea, and find out who the advertisers choose to be "the face of" their new energy drink.
Explain the task before pressing play: students work alone to complete the sentences in the workbook, using the comparative. Pair check and feedback.
Students work in pairs, list famous sports stars in their countries and complete some of the sentences from exercise 2 with those names. (Not too much of that.) They choose one athlete from their list to advertise a new sports car, present it to the class and explain why they chose him or her.