Gökhan Gökhan

James Arthur Listening Lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice their listening skills through a listening-based lesson on a song by James Arthur about love. The lesson starts with a small discussion about a broken heart. It is followed by a prediction stage after playing the first seven seconds of the song. It is followed by listening for gist, listening for details, and a final production stage with a fake text message.


Abc Vocabulary Cut-Ups
Abc James Arthur PPT
Abc Multiple Choice Questions

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a song from James Arthur in the context of Love

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of general vocabulary in the context of love


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

T shows a picture of a broken heart and asks Ss what they see and come up with other collocations with "heart".

Pre-Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the song and make it accessible

T plays the first seven seconds of the song "Impossible" from James Arthur and asks Ss to predict if he is happy or sad and if they can guess the reason.

Pre-Teach Vocab (10-12 minutes) • To provide students info about the vocabulary in the upcoming song

T distributes the cut-ups to the students. Gives clear and understandable instructions about the task. Ss match the words with the definitions. T asks for a pair check before checking as a class. During the whole class feedback T drills the vocabulary, asks relevant CCQs with appropriate mimes and gestures.

Listening for Gist (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging listening tasks

T tells students that they're gonna listen to a song. T informs them they need to listen to the song very carefully and answer the question on the top of the slide. (Who is he singing to?)

Listening for Detailed Information (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the lesson and deduct on the info they've heard

T distributes the multiple-choice question sheets to the Ss. Asks them to read the questions quickly and asks them to choose the correct option while listening to the song one more time.

Production (4-6 minutes) • To provide students opportunity to produce the language

T shows Ss the screenshot of a fake text message of James Arthur and one of his imaginary friends with a photo of James Arthur himself. T asks Ss to give him three pieces of advice.

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