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TP2 Receptive Skills_Garret Ball
Upper Intermediate level


This is a listening lesson with the intention of having the students practice listening for specific information and detail in the context of men vs. women.


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Main Aims

  • To provide specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about men vs women.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency in the context of men vs women
  • To provide practice, review and clarification of vocabulary in the context of men vs women


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

I will start the class off with a question in order to get the students thinking about potential vocabulary in this context. The students will give their opinion on the differences between men and women.

Pre-Reading/Listening (4-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

We will review the following 3 words as a group. 1. Sympathy 2. Exaggerate 3. Emotional Meaning 1. Sympathy- the feeling of being sorry for somebody; showing that you understand and care about somebody's problems. 2. Exaggerate- to make something seem larger, better, worse or more important than it really is. 3. Emotional- for a person to be in a state of strong feeling such as love, fear or anger; the part of a person’s character that consists of feelings. CCQ's 1. But women talk about the same problems over and over again. It's because we just want SYMPATHY Matt! But men think that we just want solutions... Would women rather have connection or would they rather have advice? 2. (Women)-And anyway, you never listen to me! (Man)- I do listen to you! And, there's another thing. Women EXAGGERATE. Is the women's statement true? 3. But that's about facts. Women exaggerate about EMOTIONAL stuff. They say things like, I'll never speak to you again, or you never think about other people. Are these exaggerations about strong feelings that the women has? Form: I will elicit the form from the students 1. Sympathy- Noun (Neutral) I wish he'd show me a little sympathy more. 2. Exaggerate- Verb (Neutral) His room was very dirty and I'm not exaggerating! 3. Emotional- Adjective (Neutral) He's a kid with many problems emotional. Pronunciation 1. Sympathy- (sɪmpəθi) 2. Exaggerate- (ɪɡˈzædʒəreɪt) 3. Emotional- (ɪˈməʊʃənl)

While Listening #1 (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with a less challenging gist listening task

I will have the students listen to Naomi, Polly and Matt discuss the roles of men and women. They will then put the following phrases in the order that they first heard them. a. things men and women exaggerate b. a book called Why Men Lie and Women Cry c. being married d. problem-solving e. whether men or women talk more After listening we will discuss their answers as a class.

While Listening #2 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening task.

I will have the students listen to the audio again and answer these detailed questions about the text. 1. Who hasn't read Why Men Lie and Women Cry? 2. What did Matt think of the book? 3. In what way do men solve problems differently from women? 4. According to the book, do women use three or six times more words than men? 5. What sort of things do men exaggerate about? 6. What sort of things do women say when they exaggerate? They will answer these questions on Google Forms. Then after listening, they will check answers in pairs. We will end with group feedback.

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

The students will work in groups to discuss the following question. 1. In what ways do you think men and women behave differently? Think about their attitude to these things: Family, friends, work, money, free time, activities, housework, cooking, problems, sports, driving, arguments, TV, holidays. OCFB: Tell the class two of the things your group disagreed about. End with delayed error correction.

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