Parinaz VK Parinaz VK

TP 5
Elementary level


In this lesson, the students are exposed to a listening passage in the context of women in politics. The students first work on their sub skill of listening for gist and then zoom in on the specific information from the listening. Finally, a freer speaking practice follows these receptive listening activities.


Abc Gist Questions Slide
Abc Specific-Information handout

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will have worked on developing their sub-skills in listening for gist and listening for detail in the context of women in politics

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have been engaged in a freer speaking practice in the context of women in politics


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set the context of the lesson and preteach some vocabulary

1. The teacher shows pictures of four well-known women politicians and asks the students to think of what they have in common and if women have enough opportunities to become politicians. The students should discuss this question in pairs for a minute or two. 2. When the students have finished their discussion, the teacher asks a few students from different pairs to share their opinions with the class. In the meanwhile, the teacher preteaches some vocabulary like "quota system" and "positive discrimination".

Listening for gist (8-10 minutes) • To help students develop their listening for gist sub-skill

1. the teacher shows a few simple questions for the purpose of listening for gist on the board before playing the CD. Since the listening is too long, it is played in three parts and for each part, the students are given separate questions to answer. 2. If the majority of students have problems understanding the gist of the listening passage, the teacher will play it again.

Listening for specific information (10-11 minutes) • To help students develop their listening for detail

1. The teacher gives out the questions which target more specific details and has the students read them carefully before listening to the passage. 2. The teacher has the students listen to the first part of this radio debate and answer the questions. Then, they walk around the class and discuss their answers with each other. 3. The teacher shows the answers on the board. 4. The procedure above is followed for the second and third part of the listening.

teaching election-related vocabulary through a reading passage (4-5 minutes) • To teach some common political terms in the context of election

1. The teacher puts the students in groups of three and has them read a short passage about parliament election system in Britain and has the students to match the highlighted words in the reading passage with their definitions. 2. The teacher shows the answers on the board and clarifies any misunderstanding.

freer speaking practice in the context of women in politics (10-12 minutes) • to give students a chance to have a fluency speaking practice express their agreement or disagreemnt

1. The teacher divides the whole class into two groups based on whether they agree that women can be better politicians than men or disagree with that view. 2. The teacher asks each group to discuss their opinions in their groups and try to find as many arguments as they can for their opinion and against the other group's view. They have two minute to prepare their case. 3. The teacher has the two groups sit in two rows opposing each other and start putting forward their case.

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