Archivos de la categoría Listening

Lesson Plan: Dating , Family and Friends

Level: Intermediate
Topic: Dating, Family and Friends
Aim: To develop all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking .

Has our lifestyle changed so much that it has affected the way we socialise, date and  communicate with our family? Here is a nice visual lesson plan to talk about these issues TASK 1 Look at the picture below. Which of these adjectives would you use to describe the picture? Give reasons

Awesome   disgusting   funny   unreal   pornographic  sexist

romantic   interesting     unusual      provocative     depressing

Can you think of any more adjectives?

Task 2.  Introducing &Revising Vocabulary :   Dictogloss.

(Dictogloss technique here )

As I normally have large classes I have written two texts containing the target language so I will divide the class into two groups and I’ll dictate the texts in turns, following the dictogloss technique . Texts will be then written on the board or /and a copy of the texts handed out.

Vocabulary Handout 


Has traditional dating become a thing of the past? Look at the  pictures  below showing different ways of dating. In pairs, discuss which ones you prefer, which one you wouldn’t mind trying and which ones you would never try , giving reasons to support your opinion.

TASK 4. LISTENING: What makes for a good friend.  See on youtube

Time to improve  your listening  abilities. This time we are going to listen for specific vocabulary  . Ready?

Listen to  a man talking about  What Makes a Good Friend and fill in the spaces in the exercise embedded below .




TASK 5  .SPEAKING: A CLOSE FRIEND. Think of one of your close friends. In pairs, ask and answer these questions

  • How long have you known him?
  • Where did you meet?
  • Do you get on well? What do you have in common?
  • Do you ever argue? What about?
  • How often do you see each other?
  • How do you keep in touch? Have you ever lost touch? Why?


Students sit facing each other using the speed-dating technique.Some students remain seated during the whole event ( in real speed dating, women remain seated). When the bell rings , students sit across another student and they use their questions to start a conversation . They need to keep on talking for 3 minutes. Then a bell rings and “men” need to stand up and move to their right to start a new conversation with a different partner  and the whole process is repeated again. Instead of a  bell so I use a Class Timer (here).

Display with  the OHP ,on the whiteboard ,the pictures with the questions and ask students to talk about the question on the picture for about three minutes . When the time’s up , students change partner and a new picture is displayed.

I have created this slideshow with Thematic, which is a tool for creating and sharing visual stories

TASK  5 Writing. Choose any of the questions in the exercise above and write an essay  making sure you use the vocabulary you have learnt in this lesson. Do you need some inspiration? See what other students have written   here ,here,here and here

I hope you’ve enjoyed the lesson!!

Lesson Plan : Talking about Mobiles and Technology

Level : B1-B2

In this lesson  we talk about mobiles and the Internet ,about the use or overuse of this new technology in our lives .The lesson aims at developing their listening and speaking skills and also provides them with the vocabulary and expressions needed to talk about this increasing and ,in some cases, worrying phenomenon .This Lesson Plan has two parts. In the first half of the lesson students are presented with two food- for- thought  videos related  to the use or overuse of mobiles phones  . In the second half students are asked to talk about their own experiences using mobiles and the Internet


Warm up: Do a quick survey to find how many students are carrying their mobile phones. Ask how many have them on their desks.

Video 1.I forgot my phone. (Lasts 2:10) Explain they are going to watch a video and after it , they’ll have to discuss in pairs their feelings and reactions to what they have seen. Get feedback. Follow-up questions: Are mobiles killing conversation?. Are they replacing  face-face communication?

Video 2Nomophobia. (lasts 1:00) Ask students if they have ever heard the term nomophobia. Ask them to predict  what kind of phobia  it might refer to. Before playing the video pre-teach ” feature phone”  ( a low-end mobile phone with limited capabilities).Play the video and ask students to make a summary of what it says and encourage students to discuss the question posed  in the video:  What would you do a week if you didn’t have access to your mobile phone?


Working on Vocabulary.Introduce vocabulary by displaying the word cloud and ask students to make sentences with the words displayed. For a more interactive approach ,we might want to ask students to  first work in pairs  asking them to choose words from the word cloud to make sentences. Get feedback to solve doubts

Discussion Questions .Handout  photocopy with the questions to be discussed . There are quite a number of questions on the hand-out . I’d suggest doing the first part , which is more mobile oriented , on the first session and the second part , which is more computer oriented , on the second session.  Hand-out here




Listening: Kids around Christmas Time

I am in Christmas mode. My class already has a Christmas tree  decorated with white stars, , some silver baubles  and not a trace of tinsel- I don’t like tinsel. Christmas carols  are already playing in my hi-fi and I am trying to figure out what to cook for Christmas’Eve and Christmas day without ending up dead tired and falling asleep in the middle of the dinner.

So , fully into Christmas mode ,  I have chosen these two clips from The Cosby Show  to help my intermediate students get into the mood  and  improve their listening skills, too ;) Hope it serves both purposes!

I wish this show was still on air. For me, it is probably one of the best sitcoms ever  and the scenes with Olivia among my favourites.


What Race is Santa Claus?.  I would suggest playing the video once  without bothering with the listening task .Watch it on youtube here

Kids at Christmas Time. Again, I would suggest playing the video once  without bothering with the listening task .Watch it on youtube here

LinkengPark: a nice site to practise Listening

Happy Monday to you all!  And no, I am not being ironic here, I sort of “hate” Mondays like everybody else in this planet  but today I am going to share a link with you that is going to help brighten your day, especially if you like English as much as I do, or if you happen not to like it so much ,yes, let’s say it , I know there are some few people out there who don’t give a damn about learning this language but still…. they need to.  So.. for both , here we have Linkengpark  ,a great site to help you  improve your listening skills .

I learned about Linkengpark from the sweetest person on earth, Maria Artime who ,when seeing its potential ,didn’t hesitate to share it with me. I thank you María. It is really helpful! Linkengpark is a very nice site to practise Listening . It offers lots of different Podcasts(6 minute English, English at work,BBC how to,ESL stories…),  Audiobooks (Pride and Prejudice, Roald Dahl ….)and Videos  (English Vid, CNN Students News,Reuters…) with transcript  so you can also practise pronunciation  .   You can choose your level ,from Elementary to Advanced .

A great site which I’ll be visiting very often. I hope you do, too.

Listening: What is a vegetarian ?

I want to start this week with a positive thought . It is something I’ve read recently and that has been going around for some days inside my head.

Happiness is not getting what you want . It’s wanting what you have.

I should say that I am normally a glass-full type of person but sometimes, only sometimes,  I need to remind myself.

Well, today I want to share with you this amazing site which has a lot of potential . Educaplay is a platform to create embeddable multimedia teaching activities . You can create interactive engaging activities  like crosswords, matching exercises , dialogues, presentations, tests, dictations , interactive maps, word search puzzles and many more… but what I really like about this website is the possibility of creating  a video quiz  as the one I have posted below .

The structure of the activity, is defined by sequences that are composed of a video, or part of it, and a question that will be the end of the sequence.

To define the sequences, we go through three phases:

  • Video election: We can use the search engine, or if we know, insert its URL directly.
  • Sequence election to be held on the question.
  • Definition of the question: Each question can be configured to ask for the answer in any of the following methods;

              ♥In a written form, by selecting one answer from various options or by  selecting         several answers from various options

Another important feature is that it is entirely web based so you don’t need to download anything  and … it is free , you only need to register.

And now, have a look at this videoquiz answering the question WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN?


What is a Vegetarian? a good alternative to just watching TV

Oh my gosh! I just love this website. I bumped into quite by chance and I was like ooohh it has this one and aahhh and also this one. And needless to say, I have spent the little free time I have had these days – I am still doing oral exams in the morning and marking written exams in the afternoon /evening , not to mention the cleaning and cooking stuff – having a nice laugh with the boys of the Big Bang Theory, which I highly recommend .
So , what can do to help you improve your English? What will you find on this website??? An amazing number of TV shows and films in their original versions and with subtitles in English . Right now, I am hooked on the Big Bang Theory , a American sitcom , about four young scientists, but surely you’ll find attractive alternatives here to suit every taste and mood.

Word on the Street

I just love this section in the British Council website .Word on The Street is a co-production of the mighty BBC and the British Council. If, on their own, they produce superb material you can only imagine the outcome when they decide to join efforts and work together in the production of short videos (4 or 5 m) to teach everyday life and different aspects of the British culture . The videos are easy to watch , some of them accompanied by captions that help elementary students follow and divided into scenes for a deeper understanding. There are several tasks you can do after watching the video and you can also have a look at the tapescript. Some of the  most popular videos are : Oxford,Travel and Transport,Camden, Animals…etc. Aren’t you dying to try some of these? My favourite will most definitely be Camden. I am in love with the market!

Video: Pickpockets

Are you learning about crime and legal vocabulary? Then, you might be interested in watching this video and seeing how a gang of Romanian pickpockets work in Barcelona.

Task: Watch the video Pickpockets Performing the Ronaldinho and then answer the questions .

Anwers here .

1. What do crime statistics say about Barcelona?

2. When the gang commits a crime…

Johnnie is the …..

Danny is the …

Mario is the ….

3. Why have they named this tactic The Ronaldinho?

4. Where do they sell the laptops, cameras and phones?

5. What do they prefer to steal?

6. How does the gang feel about committing this crime?

7. The reporter agreed to be robbed. Why was he surprised?

Some Useful Websites for Elementary Students to Practise Listening

Have I ever told you that I’m not a morning person? Fortunately, at the EOI , I work the afternoon shift otherwise I don’t think I would be able to get a coherent thought out of my mind in Spanish , let alone in English, and I’m sure this is something my demanding students would not be too happy about.
Have I ever told you that I’m not a Monday person either? I very much prefer Fridays… ha,ha,ha … just joking!

Let’s start Monday with a smile on my face and three cups of coffee in my body and this selection of websites to help my Elementary students improve their Listening Skill. Hope it is helpful ,guys!

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

Listening : Going Shopping

I am going to teach Elementary Level a lesson about shopping and I have found this very easy short video to get started. There are so many things to learn/revise when you are teaching about going shopping! Teaching Going Shopping gives me the opportunity to revise numbers and prices, the shops in a city, items of clothing and a variety of questions including offers and requests . There will be several steps ending up with the students, hopefully, being able to use interactional language in a role-play situation. An example here

Watch the video (if you don’t want to see the introduction ,start 40seconds into the video) and answer the questions. Then ,activate the subtitles to check your answers.


♥What does the woman want to buy?

♥What kind of …… is she looking for?

♥How much does the woman think the …….. costs?

♥How much does it really cost?

♥Does she buy it?

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