Andrew Watson Andrew Watson

UI Listening demo
B2 level


In this CELTA demo lesson, Ss develop the subskills of listening for gist and detail in the context of entertainment


Abc Speaking task
Abc Reading for detail

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about entertainment in the context of different roles in the industry

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of people in the entertainment industry


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Slide of different kinds of entertainment and share link to presentation so that they can continue to look at the images in BOR. Highlight the 3 questions. Tell Ss they have 3-4 mins to answer these in BORs. OCFB Answers: 1 What kinds of entertainment do they show? (a film/movie making, b circus, c theatre/theater, d street entertainment, e comedy, f puppetry Which ones are popular in your country? Ss own answer 2 Which ones have you seen? Which do you like/dislike? Why? Ss own answers 3 What’s your favourite kind of entertainment? Why Ss own answers

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

1. Draw Ss attention to slide 3. Nominate Ss to say which pictures the words on the list refer to. Elicit answers: audience (c), busker (No), circus performer (b), magician (No), make up artist (a), mime artist (d), puppet/ puppeteer (f), scriptwriter (No) , sound engineer (No), stand-up comedian (e). Allow Ss to use an online dictionary, share in chat: 2. Draw Ss' attention to questions on slide 3. Tell them they will work in pairs in BORs to decide which are entertainers, work behind the scenes and watch entertainment. They should also match the definitions to the words in bold on slides 5, 6 & 7. Answers: The buskers played on the pavement. The buskers played on the pavement. (Someone who performs in a public place for money. (N); A path with a hard surface on one or both sides of the road that people walk on. (N)) The comedian told an embarrassing joke. (Makes you feel awkward, uncomfortable. (Adj)) The actor gave a moving performance. (Causing strong feelings of sadness or sympathy. (Adj)) 3. Ask Ss to copy the stress patterns indicated on the slide. Monitor and assist with pronunciation, where necessary.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (7-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Gist: Display G-Form. Tell Ss they will listen and number the images 1–6 in the order they hear them. Remind Ss not to worry about words they don't understand, the important thing is to do the task. Give OCFB, using G-Forms response: Picture a - speaker 4 (cinema) Picture b - speaker 2 (circuses) Picture c - speaker 6 (theatre) Picture d - speaker 1 (street performers) Picture e - speaker 5 (comedy) Picture f - speaker 3 (Thai puppets)

While-Reading/Listening #2 (9-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Display G-Form. Tell Ss they should listen a second time and answer the questions, Play audio and encourage Ss to submit their answers through the form. Put Ss in BORs to share answers in pairs. Give them PDF of audio script if they have queries about the answers. Listen again and answer the questions. 1 What kind of street performers does Fiona mention? Musicians, mime artists, those that draw on pavement, buskers 2 Why does Kinuko dislike circuses? cruel and humiliating for animals 3 Why are the Hun Lakhon Lek puppeteers so elegant? Because they are classical dancers 4 Why does Vishal like Tarantino films? They are action-packed and have amazing special effects 5 What warning does Julie give about stand-up comedy shows? Comedians make you the focus — it’s embarrassing 6 Why does Helmut prefer the theatre to the cinema? Theatre acting is more moving and emotional because of the energy between the actors and the audience

Post-Reading/Listening (10-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Show Slide Tell Ss they will talking in groups. But first they should make short notes for 1 min about the questions on the slide. When 1 min prep time is up. Tell Ss they should talk for 1-2 mins. Ask 1 student in each group to set the timer. Put Ss in threes or fours in BORs. When the speaker is done, you should ask a follow up question. What did you like/dislike about the last piece of entertainment you saw? Talk about some of these things: ● atmosphere ● cast ● characters ● plot ● performances ● scenery ● special effects ● music/soundtrack ● the ending I saw a dance show last week. It was hilarious and completely unpredictable. The cast...

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