In a Multiple Choice Listening you need a bit of attention. In this kind of listening exercises there are always words and expressions which are designed to distract students from the correct answer. If you don’t know about these distractors , you are likely to be misled by them and choose the wrong answer.
The most important thing in this kind of listening exercises is to read the questions carefully . You are always given some time to read through questions and answers , use that time. Listen very carefully to the details and make sure the answer you choose really matches what the question has asked you. It’s important to concentrate on understanding in detail .
♥Let’s look at an example
How long has Liz been snowboarding?
a. One year b. five years c. every year since she was a child.
The underlined words in the transcript all appear in the possible answers a, b or c, but only one answer is correct. The other words are distractors.
♥Read the transcript , choose the right answer and say why the other are not correct
I first did it when I was on holiday with my parents- When I was younger I used to go skiing every year with them and then one year I tried snowboarding and I haven’t skied since then. That was 5 years ago.
These extracts have been taken from Listening Comprehensions. The distractors are in bold . Read them and then answer the questions
A. My brother was so scared he couldn’t watch the film whereas I didn’t find it at all frightening. ♥Is the speaker frightened by the film?
B. Although most critics agreed that the film was her best ever , I was rather disappointed by her performance. ♥ Did the speaker love the film?
C. Although snow is now unlikely, we can expect a certain amount of rain later on. ♥ Does the speaker think it will rain or snow?
D. My daughter wanted me to help her with her homework but I told her to ask her mother. ♥ Did the speaker help his daughter?
E. Whereas in most of her other film she plays the “baddie” in this one he’s definitely the good guy. ♥ Does the speaker say the actor is the villain or the hero in the film?
Answers: A. no B. no C. rain D.no E. the hero
Now , let’s do some practice.
You will hear people talking in 8 different situations. For each question , choose the best answer.
Source: Ready for First Certificate and Cambridge FC Practice Tests 1
This is a lesson for Intermediate students (B1) . Hopefully at the end of this lesson you’ll have learnt useful vocabulary to talk about a city/town/ village you like , you’ll be able to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city or the countryside and you’ll be able to understand people talking about it.
What’s your hometown like?
Are you happy with the city/town/village you live in? What are some of the pros and cons?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the coutryside or in a town
These are some common questions in oral exams . Before reading any further , think about how you coud best answer these questions . Try really hard. Imagine you’re taking the real test.
Ok! Now!!! Do you have all the words you need or, are there things you couldn’t say because you didn’t have the right words? If this is the case , then go on reading , this post is for you.
Below you’ll find some ideas to help you get started
Now , watch these two short videos and answer the questions below. The first one is about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city and the second about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a small town ( could also be applied to living in the countryside)
Video 1. Advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city
Speaker 1.What’s the disadvantage he mentions?
Speaker 2. What are the disadvantages he mentions?
Speaker 3. What is , in his opinion, the main advantage? What two disadvantages does he mention?
Speaker 4.What’s the huge advantage cities have compared to rural areas?
Speaker 5. What’s , according to this speaker, the main advantage?
Who doesn’t like music? Today I am inviting you to take a glimpse at the Top Ten Musicals in London. Tough job to choose one ! A video-based lesson you’ll positively enjoy!
Skills :listening, writing and vocabulary
Step 1. WARM UP. In pairs, talk about the questions below
♥How important is music in your life?
♥Have you ever been to a musical show? Why(not)?
♥Do you know any famous musicals?
♥There are lots of things to do in London, would you consider going to a musical?
Step 2. Look at the following collage containing pictures of different musicals. In pairs, can you identify any?
Get feedback. Most possibly students won’t be able to come up with the names for all the musicals. If this is the case, show them the options below.
A. The Lion King
B. The Phantom of the Opera
D. Mamma Mia
F. Billy Elliot
G. Les Miserables
H. The Book of Mormon
I. The Commitments
J. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Step 3. Play the video for the first time without giving students any task.After watching it , ask them whether they would fancy watching any of these musicals. Students watch the video a second time and fill in the gaps in the exercise below
Number 10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.Grab your won golden ticket and step inside the ____ (1) and wonderful Wonka Chocolate factory
Number 9. The Commitments.Originally a novel, then a hit movie, this musical is jam ____ (2) with classic soul hits
Number 8. The Book of Mormon.From the ____ (3)of South Park, this outrageously funny musical is not for the faint -hearted
Number 7. Les Miserables.An epic tale of broken dreams, passion, ____ (4) and redemption
Number 6. Billy Elliot.The ____ (5) story of a boy’s struggle against the odds to become a ballet star
Number 5. Thriller Live.The spectacular show takes you on an electrifying journey through Michael Jackson’s musical ____ (6).
Number 4.Mamma Mia. Abba’s timeless songs create the ultimate feel-good tale of love , laughter and ____ (7)
Number 3. Wicked.The untold story of the witches of Oz has won 90 international awards and is loved by ____ (8) and critics.
Number 2.The Phantom of the Opera.Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ____ (9) continues to captivate audiences
Number 1. The Lion King.Set in the Serengeti, this epic show explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and ____ (10) music
Step 4.Vocabulary. Find a synonym for the following words in the video
Step 5. Writing . You’ve been asked to create a poster to advertise your high school end-of-the-term musical.Use postermywall.com to create the poster and think of something to say about the musical to attract an audience . Use some of the adjective+noun combinatios below
Level: IntermediateTopic: Dating, Family and FriendsAim: 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
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.
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.
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?
TASK 6. SPEAKING.
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
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 2. Nomophobia. (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
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
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 Linkengparkfrom 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! Linkengparkis 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.
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 . Educaplayis 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?