Sebahat Gök Sebahat Gök

TP 2a
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice listening skills through a listening text which is mainly about a person who is in a dillemma and consults a friend. The lesson starts with a discussion about 3 people who are trying to give decisions. This is followed by a vocabulary activity and braimstorming on text which aim to get the students ready for listening. Finally Ss are given some semi-controlled listening exercises and freer speaking activities.


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Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about dillemmas
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate on making decisions.
  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about dillemmas

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about giving decision in the context of different dillemmas.


Lead in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Refer back to the previous lesson and dilemmas. Stick a drawing of "crossroad" on the board. Ask the Ss what they think "At a crossroads" means & elicit replies.

Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening text

Reading: Tell the Ss they are going to read about 3 people who are at crossroads. Put the Ss into groups. Ask them who has the most dificult decision to make. Ask ICQ: Are you going to choose the easiest decision? Get them discuss their ideas and give reasons. Focus the Ss on the questions in ex2. Divide them into groups. Monitor.

Vocabulary (3-4 minutes) • Get the students familiar with lexis in the text

Distribute the pieces of paper to students. Half of the pieces are vocabulary and the other half are definitions. Get Ss into pairs and match the pieces. After they discuss, give them answer key to check.

Preparation to listen (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Show the Ss the picture for the listening and ask their opinions about it: where are the people? who are they? how do they feel? Elicit some ideas and explain that they are Derek & Dave,& that Derek has a problem. Get the Ss in pairs to discuss what they think the problem might be.

While-Listening-1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Tell the Ss they're going to listen to see if their ideas are correct. Play the first part of the listening only. Tell the Ss that they are going to listen to identify Derek's problem and see if their predictions are correct. Ask ICQs: Are you going to do just sit and do nothing while listening? Are you going to do some task while listening? Are you going to check your guesses? Elicit answers. Take some FB.

While-Listening-2 (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening tasks

* Tell the Ss they'll listen again & focus them on the questions in ex2. Focus them on questions 1-4. Ask ICQs: Are you going to answer all of the questions? Which questions are you going to answer? Get them into pairs to try to complete the questions. Let them listen to the first section again and check their answers. Pause the CD. * Ask what they think Derek will decide. Then, focus the students on questions 5-8. Ask ICQs: Are you going to do some tasks during listening? What are you going to do? Tell them to read the questions before listening. Then tell them to note the answers during listening and play the rest of the CD. Get them into groups to discuss the answers. Take some WC and FB. Deal with any answers they missed. Read the relevant part from the tapescript.

After Listening (5-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Get Ss in groups to discuss the questions in ex4.

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