Jake Jake

Pre-intermediate level


To provide listening practice for gist and specific info in the context of people’s changes.


Abc Google Forms
Abc Powerpoint presentation

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in the context of people's changes


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

The first part of the pre-listening stage involves a series of questions meant to get the students discussing the topic of change. I decided to lead in by discussing New Year's resolutions; the audio doesn't talk about change in this context specifically, but I want to pick something relatable: the students are a bit shy and I hope this will be a comfortable way to transition into discussing change. Questions: There are 2 holidays in next few weeks, what are they? (Christmas, New Year's) How do we celebrate Christmas? (Gifts, food, etc.) What about New Year's? (Fireworks, resolutions)

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the audio and make it accessible

This stage begins with an activity: What things do people sometimes want to change about themselves? I will instruct students to think for 2 minutes independently and write down one example for topic on the board. Then, they will discuss for 3 minutes in BORs before OCFB. I will elicit 2-3 examples from the students. The pre-listening stage ends with vocabulary. The text seemed quite accessible, so I only chose two phrases from the audio transcript to review: "to be fit" and "to keep in touch".

While-Reading/Listening (15-17 minutes) • To provide students with listening for gist and specific information tasks

Before doing the 1st listen, students will look at 3 sets of images on the screen. Each sector represents one of the speakers and their respective problem (e.g. on top, a man is lonely so he calls his friends. On the left, someone spends too much money so they have to start saving). Students will make predictions based on the photos. They will take 2 minutes to make predictions on their own, then discuss with a partner. I will have them write down predictions and submit using a Google Form. Once I have received submissions, I will explain to students that their listening task is to determine which prediction is closest to the truth, and what similarities/differences the notice. Also, the names of the people being interviewed. We will discuss these in OCFB, then move on to the 2nd listening task. The second task involves a handout: students need to fill out a chart describing what each character's problem was, how they changed, and what happened as a result.

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

The post-listening stage involved more reflection-oriented questions: what is something that has changed in your life recently? What's a change you'd like to make? What do you hope will happen as a result of the change? Will you make any New Year's resolutions this year? Here, the goal is for students to discuss the topic as it pertains to their own lives.

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