For a listening lesson to be successful, the learners need to be engaged with the audio. It might not always be possible to motivate all the learners in the class to the same degree but the important thing is to use an audio which all of the learners can, in some way, relate to. If you are in a position where you can choose an audio, ask yourself ‘Will each and every one of the learners recognise this? Will they be able to say something about it? Will they have an opinion about it?’ If the answer to most of those questions is affirmative, then there is a chance that the learners will also be interested in the topic and improve their listening skills in the lesson.
This month’s lesson mainly focuses on developing listening skills but other skills are integrated too, with opportunities for speaking, reading and writing. The lesson is based around the topic of ‘names’. Everybody has a name and everybody knows other people with names. Names are linked to culture and tradition. They are important to people.
Topic: Names - an integrated skills lesson with the main focus on listening
- To develop students’ listening skills
- To engage students in a classroom discussion
- To encourage students to think about the cultural significance of names
Age: Teenagers and young adults
Time: 60 minutes +
1. Names worksheet (1 per student)
2. Names transcript (1 per student)
3. Names answer key (Teacher)
By Katherine Bilsborough