Agnieszka Agnieszka

In the air - travelling - listening and vocabulary.
pre-intermediate/intermediate level


The lesson is a continuation of the topic of travelling, this time it is mainly aimed at air travel. It may help enlarge students' range of vocabulary of the topic and improve their listening skills.


Abc High Note 2 Student's Book with recordings from the student's book.

Main Aims

  • To practise listening for the specific information
  • To practise listening for the gist
  • To enlarge and practise vocabulary related to air travel

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy in speaking about air travel


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

The teacher writes on the board the words, gate, check-in desk, arrivals, boarding pass, fasten your seatbelts. Students should recognize these vocabulary items are related to air travel. The initial task for students is to put them in order, as they appear from the beginning of each air travel till the end if it. The teacher asks one of the students to shortly tell about stages of the air journey using given words.

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible, to enlarge vocabulary range of air travel

1. The teacher asks the students to match the airport vocabulary from the box in exercise 2 (page 39) with the definitions below. When students finish the task they firstly check it in pairs. After that, they vote for the word from this exercise which was completely new for them. The election process may help them remember it better. 2. The next step of vocabulary practice is to use these words in the next exercise where students need to complete the text with the correct form of the words and phrases from exercise 2. When students finish they listen and check if they were correct. The teacher explains possible mistakes.

While-Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist

1. The students are asked to look at the photo on the page to decide what the context of the recording is. The photo shows two people on the plane so the next step for students is to guess what they are talking about. 2. The next step for students is to read a very short summary (2 sentences) of the text before listening. After reading, students listen to the text. After that, students write down the correct answers in the summary. The teacher elicits some more general information about the text from students.

While-Listening #2 (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening task

Students read the questions to the exercise (ex.5), recognize the couple on the photo above, and remind the text they have already listened to. They guess if they know the correct answers after the first listening. After reading the questions they start listening. After listening they check and discuss their answers with the teacher.

Post-Listening Speaking Practice (8-11 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The teacher asks students to work in pairs. The first student's task is to tell about the time he or she had a problem when he or she was travelling. The other student should what the person should do to avoid or solve such a problem in the future. The ideas and prompts were given in exercises 6 and 7 in the student's book. Students practice the task for 4-5 minutes in pairs, then the teacher asks some of them to tell about their travel problems and solutions aloud.

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