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Intermediate English Unlimited Demo Lesson A Unit 1.1
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will begin with a short discussion of entertainment programs. They will then practice gist and detailed listening skills through 4 conversations about people's favourite radio and TV programmes. If time, they will use guided discovery to clarify some functional phrases to express preferences, followed by a speaking activity that allows them to discuss their own preferences in the world of entertainment.


Abc Pictures of Turkish TV and radio stations
Abc English Unlimited Unit 1.1 Listening ex.2b
Abc English Unlimited Unit 1.1 Vocabulary ex.4
Abc small blank pieces of paper
Abc Listening track 1.1
Abc Pictures of people/tv stations from coursebook
Abc Functional Language Flashcards

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using conversations about tv preferences in the context of media and entertainment

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversations about tv preferences in the context of media and entertainment
  • To provide clarification of functional language to express preferences in the context of media and entertainment


Warmer (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will paste the logos of a few Turkish TV channels on the board, and elicit the word "channel" and "programme" Ss will have a quick brainstorm about the types of programmes one might watch on TV -- T will write the ideas on a mind map on the WB. [Note: T will ensure the following programmes are listed: - reality shows - sport - nature programmes - drama - news - cookery shows ]

Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To personalise the topic and engage the Ss interest

Ss will work in pairs to discuss the following question (T will write it on the WB): - What kind of TV or radio programmes do you enjoy? Are they the same as your partner? Feedback: T will elicit one or two responses

Pre-Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T will post the pics of the people from the listening and elicit their names/nationalities. Ss will discuss in pairs what kind of programmes they think these people watch Feedback: T will elicit a few ideas about each person [NOTE: There will be no vocab pre-teaching, as it is not deemed necessary (see Assumptions on front page)]

Listening for Gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific informaton listening tasks

Ss listen to the recording and check their predictions from the previous stage. Feedback: Check in pairs, and whole-class elicit (with justifications)

Listening for Details (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed listening tasks

Ss will listen again, and answer the questions in ex. 2b. [T will determine through monitoring whether to play the recording a 2nd time] Feedback: check in pairs, followed by WCFB of problematic answers (with justification)

Focus on Functional Language (Guided Discovery) (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of functional phrases related to preferences and habits

T sticks the cut up phrases from the listening on the WB. Ss will discuss the guided discovery questions (p.6 ex.4) in pairs. Feedback: WCFB, including eliciting examples and pronunciation drills [NOTE: This stage will be omitted if time is running out, in favour of the speaking activity which further achieves the main aims of the lesson]

Freer Speaking (10-12 minutes) • To provide Ss with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

T will hand out small pieces of paper. Ss will write the name of a TV show (Turkish or international) on each piece of paper. T will redistribute the papers and regroup Ss. Ss will choose one piece of paper, and discuss their opinions about the programme. Feedback: Task FB: elicit some ideas from groups Error-Focused Feedback: T will collect some errors and correct them on the board

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