Brett Brett

English Mania
Pre-Intermediate level


Students will be listening and discussing the importance of English in today's world using a TED talk by Jay Walker on the world's English mania as the main material.


Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson students will be able to have a discussion about the material they listened to and relate it to their own life.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening to provide gist and specific information about topic


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • General conversation about topic

Do you speak English? Does anyone in your family speak English? Why? How does learning English help you? Why do you think people learn English? What can you do with English?

Pre-teach/Prepare (4-5 minutes) • Activate schemata

(put photo of Walker on the board) This is Jay Walker. Who is he? Do you know him? Is he important? Ask your partner. He is a business man, a pilot and inventor. He is worth billions of dollars. Jay Walker wants to tell you something about the English language. (put up a speech bubble)

Light listening task about topic (6-7 minutes) • Gist Listening/Skimming

Here is what he says: "Two billion people around the world are trying to learn English. People all over the planet are learning English. Chinese students practice English together by the thousands. I think the world has English mania!" What is Jay trying to tell you? What does mania mean? Why do you think people have English mania? I will read it to you one more time. Quickly talk with your partner. What might Jay be trying to tell you?

Listening for Specific Information (14-15 minutes) • Scanning

Now Jay is going to talk to us. Listen carefully. What does Jay think about English? How many people study English? Play 1 time. Pass out handout. Tell them to work in pairs and answer the questions. When they can no longer remember the details I will play a second time so they know what items to look for. Play second time. Pass out answer sheet. Did you get them right? Who got the most right answers?

Discuss (9-10 minutes) • Practice

What do you think about the video? What do you think about how the Chinese learn? Do you agree with it? Do you agree with Jay? How is your experience learning English. Pass out HO with these questions and have them talk about it in groups. Write down your answers.

Review (5-6 minutes) • Test

What did your groups come up with. Talk to eachother about what you thought. Do you agree with your peers?

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