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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students practice listening for both gist and specific meaning within the context of 'ghostwriting'. Students will listen to an interview with Andrew Crofts, a Brithish ghostwriter, and will try to define who ghostwriter is, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of ghostwriting.


Abc Audio file
Abc 'Living under the shadow of two coultures' H. Eyuboglu

Main Aims

  • To practice listening for both gist and specific meaning within the context of 'ghostwriting'.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students speaking practice about this topic, about writing in general, and in using related vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher shows to students a book and some books pictures, and asks what kind of a books they are- when term 'biography' will appear, Teacher asks students to work in a pairs and think about what sort of people writes biographies. Students writes on WB theirs answers.

Pre-Listening (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening and make it accessible

Teacher asks students if they read any biography, or if they heard about any famous biography, than introduce Andrew Crofts- teacher says he is a very popular British 'ghostwriter', and asks students to choose one of three definitions of 'ghostwriting'- students works in pairs, than compare their anwsers with eachothers.

While- Listening #1 Gist (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Teacher asks students to listen for first part of the interview, and compare theirs answers with the audio, than students decide which definition is correct. Audio file: 1.12

While-Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

Teacher asks students to listen carefully to second part of the interview, and choose the correct explanation of how A. Crofts became a ghostwriter. Teacher checks if students understand difference between the two explanations.After listening, students choose correct anwser and share it with teacher. Audio file 1.13 Than, teacher writes on WB some of the words and phrases from the last part of the interview, which can be difficult to understand for students, and ask them to try to define them- teacher guids students to correct anwsers: - be a sucker for something; - journalism; - resist; - skin. Students are listening to last part of interview, and tick the reasons why Andrew enjoys being a ghostwriter. Audio file 1.14

Post-Listening (5-8 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

If there is enough time, teacher ask students to work in two groups- one group will think about advantages, other about disadvantages of being a ghostwriter- they will compare their answers between groups- it will help to know if students understand the lesson subject.

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