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Listening Lesson Plan
Intermediate, Grade 5 level


In this listening lesson students will learn new vocabulary about living and studying abroad. They will listen to an exchange student narrating her experience about living abroad.


Abc Course book: (Touchstone 4 Teacher's edition and student's edition)
Abc pictures
Abc Audio Recording

Main Aims

  • In this listening lesson students will learn new vocabulary about living abroad and cultural differences through listening to a student narrating her experience about living abroad.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will learn how to sound more direct through using expressions like of course, to be honest and definitely.


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

: I'll start the session by greeting the students with a friendly smile on my face. I'll ask the kids about their favorite hobby. (Drawing, reading, origami, scientific experiments.) After that, I'll get a small ball and tell the students that I'll throw it and who picks it will answer this question: What is the funniest situation that happened to you? I'll keep throwing the ball until all students answer the question. I'll say it was good to hear this and I'll share a funny situation that happened to me. (Once I got lost near my home! I laugh at myself when I remember how I wandered in the neighboring streets before I could get to my home.) I'll say what about watching this great video. Please watch carefully because I'm going to ask you some questions after you watch it. The video is 3 minutes. Note: The video is 12 minutes but I'll play the first 2 minutes only. The video introduces some travelling abroad tips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_flOFl4ero&t=416s ICQs: How long is the video? (2 minutes) Are you going to listen carefully? (Yes) Are you going to answer questions or explain the video? (Answer questions) Questions about the video: Put true or False: The speaker is giving some travelling tips. (True) The speaker does not recommend taking a copy of your passport and credit card. (False) The speaker says it is better to bring smaller dollar bills. (True)

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

Prediction: Ill ask the students some pre-listening questions. 1- Have you ever travelled abroad? 2- What is the title of today's listening task (Away from Home) 3- Can you guess what is today's topic? (Travelling Abroad) Contextualization: 1- Did you ever travel abroad to study? 2-Was it a good or bad experience? 3- What do you think of travelling to study abroad? Teaching Vocabulary: Introducing some difficult words in the text. Exchange student - host family - curfew - challenge 1- Exchange student Eliciting Questions: Look at the picture, are these university students? (Yes) Are they the same nationality? (No) Do you think exchange students study in their country or travel to study abroad? (They travel to study abroad) Definition: a student who goes to a foreign country to study, usually as a part of a program. CCQs: Does an exchange student travel to a foreign country? (Yes) Why does an exchange student travel abroad? (To study) Does he go all alone or as a part of a program? (As a part of a program) Pronunciation: /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ ˈstjuːdənt/ Form: Noun/ Synonym: foreign student/ Antonym: National student Context: an 18-year-old exchange student from France 2- Host Family ICQS: Where does this family come from? (India) Look at the picture, do you think the girl at the very left belongs to this family? (No) Is she a foreigner (Yes) Definition: a family which provides board and lodging to students, usually for a fee. CCQs: Can I use this word to refer to any group of people? (No, it has to be a family) Does a host family provide housing for national or foreign students? (Foreign students) Does the host family do this for a fee or for free? (Usually for a fee) Pronunciation: (həʊst ˈfæmlɪ) Form: Noun/Synonym: foster family/ Antonym: National family Context: Living with a host family allows you to practice what you have learned at school in a relaxed domestic situation. 3- Curfew ICQS: Do I use this word to refer to thins or people? (To refer to things) Look at the picture, are the cars and people allowed to move or not? (No)? Why do you think they are not allowed to move? ( The police is preventing them from moving) Definition: A curfew is a law stating that people must stay inside their houses after a particular time at night, for example during a war. The time by which someone, especially a child, must be home in the evening CCQs Are people allowed to go outdoors during curfew? (No) Who usually imposes a curfew? (The government) Is a curfew imposed during states of emergency or normal times? (states of emergency) Can parents or guardians impose a curfew on their children (Yes). Is it usually imposed in the morning or in the evening? (In the evening) Pronunciation: /ˈkɜːfjuː $ ˈkɜːr-/ Form: Noun/ Synonym: edict - rescript/ Antonym: entangle - disarrange Context: The government imposed a night-time curfew throughout the country. 4- Challenge ICQs: Look at the picture, is it easy for the man to reach his target? (No) What restricts him? (There are barriers in front of him) What do we call these barriers? (challenges) Definition: something difficult, something that tests strength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interesting CCQs: Does a challenge make it easy or difficult for you to reach your target? (Difficult) Is a challenge unpleasant or interesting (interesting) Do we use this word to refer to things or people? (Things) Pronunciation: /ˈtʃæləndʒ/ Form: Noun/Synonym: barrier, difficulty/Antonym: help, support Context: The company is ready to meet the challenges of the next few years. :

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

Gist Task: I'll say please listen to the recording carefully and work individually put (True) or (False) in front of the statements on the board. You have 4 minutes. ICQs: Are you going to answer questions on the board or in the book? (On the board) How many minute do you have? (4 minutes) Are you going to work individually or in pairs? (Individually) Put (True) or (False) Val has a lot in common with her host sister. (False) Val is getting along with her host family. (True) Val's host mother does not know how to cook. (False) Val keeps in touch with her friends and family everyday. (True)

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Teacher: Please listen to the audio again carefully and work individually to answer Question (A) in page 27. You have 6 minutes. ICQS: Are you going to answer questions on the board or in the book? (In the book) Are you going to work in pairs or individually? (Individually) How many minutes do you have? (6 minutes) Answers: 1- She is an exchange student. 2- She does not have much in common with her host sister and she has more independence at home. 3- Her host family is really nice. They have a couple of little boys who are really cute. And she and the mom cook together a lot. She has gone to a couple of concerts with her host sister. She joined a soccer team, and got to know some people who play tennis. 4- She keeps intouch almost everyday by email, and they have video calls on weekends. Inference: Please find the synonym of these expressions: a time where you have to stay at home, difficulties that you face when you want to do something. Answers: curfew, challenges.

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

Now that you have listened to the recording twice and learned some interesting information about student life abroad. I want you to make groups of 4, remember a time where you travelled abroad and talk about experience. Do as instructed in question C, at the bottom of page 27. You have 6 minutes. ICQS Are you going to work in groups or individually? (In groups) How many minutes do you have?(6 minutes) Are you going to talk about being abroad or something else? (Talk about being abroad).

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