This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at Intermediate level and above explores the theme of the Black Country, a region in the UK. Students will develop their knowledge of a part of the UK, as well as practising their vocabulary and listening skills.


This lesson is part of a series of plans based on interviews with people from around the UK. It explores a listening text about a part of the UK known as the ‘Black Country’. In the lesson, students have the chance to listen to someone from that area describing what they like about living there and a little about their life. Students also have the chance to reflect on their own part of the world and finally to do some intensive listening.

Other parts of the UK these lesson plans focus on include Scotland, the North East of England, and London.


Living in the Black Country


Intermediate +


60 minutes +


  • To develop students’ ability to take information from quite a difficult listening text
  • To develop their deeper listening skills
  • To help students find out a little more about a part of the UK


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

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Audio files:

Audio file - Interview

Intensive listening clips:

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Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1

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