Why have I chosen this topic?
Listening and speaking are very important parts of being able to use English to communicate and crucial to the development of speaking skills. https://www.fluentu.com/blog/the-importance-of-listening-in-language-learning/
• The focus is entirely on one student and as such the student may find this very uncomfortable
• The class is held quite late in the day and this may impact on the student’s ability to focus on the task at hand
• There is more pressure on the teacher to produce results and find bespoke material that addresses a student’s specific needs
• The student may not be familiar with some of the vocabulary
Aim of the lesson
In this lesson student will be able to:
• Improve her English listening comprehension skills
• Practice the behaviours of effective, active listeners
• Listen effectively
• Use schemata and real-world knowledge to predict content
• Demonstrate her understanding of prepositions
Timing Stage / Procedure Interaction Reason for the interaction
3 minutes Intro The teacher welcomes the student to the lesson.
The teacher informs the student of the aims of the lesson and how the activities during the lesson will support them
To explain to the student what the lesson is going to cover
In real life it is unusual for people to listen to something without having some idea of what they are going to hear.
Introducing the lesson sets the context for the student and generates interest in the lesson
5 minutes Before listening Provide student with access to lyricstraining.com
Student listens to the song by Canadian singer Celine Dion and fills in the gaps while being timed
I will mention to the student that she need not be stressed if she misses any of the words in the lyrics
Motivation is a key concept in foreign language learning
This exercise is an engaging and motivating way to prepare the student for the lesson and acknowledges the students ambition to study in Canada in a nice way.
The exercise also tests the student’s skill in listening for detail in a fun way
By asking students to predict what they are going to hear, based on a topic word or sentence, you are preparing your student for what to expect.
10 minutes Pre-teach vocabulary Put the words up on the board and get the learners to check them in a dictionary (paper or electronic), or to predict the content of the passage from them before listening to check This is an effective gist exercise Unknown words will often hinder listening, and certainly lower confidence –
10 minutes During listening Exercise 1
Introduce student to the worksheet they will be working with and give her time to familiarise herself with it
Play the podcast to the student 3 times . Explain to student that she must listen the first time for gist the
second time for specific information and the last time to review her answers
Review the completed task with student using transcript
Ask student to look over the transcript and see what they might have had trouble understanding.
Choose a simple picture with a few objects that are simple to draw.
Draw a bear on the left-hand side of the page – Draw a cage around the bear, draw a woman sitting on the ground to the right of the bear. Draw a picnic basket to the right of the woman. Draw some apples in the basket,
Ask student to read instructions to you as you draw this picture on the board. Compare and discuss the drawings Giving the student the worksheet before having them listen to the podcast provides information to the student with regards to what they are listening for
Students need to know what they are listening for, have a context and hear the audio more than once.
If the student knows beforehand what they must hear, it becomes easier to concentrate and focus our attention to listen selectively.
it is also important that
students hear a variety of voices and accents. Audio recordings can provide different models of spoken English.
This helps student to practise listening in a controlled way and to demonstrate understanding of what is being taught
It also helps student to practise language in context (in this case, prepositions) in an entertaining way
Post-listening Ask student to compare drawings and see what they might have had trouble understanding.
Talk about what may have caused her confusion or misunderstanding It can help student understand words and phrases that they didn’t understand when they were listening. Also, it can help student notice some of the differences between spoken language and written language.
3 Minutes Homework Challenge students to listen to dialogue in the real world and note unfamiliar vocabulary they hear.
This vocabulary will later be used in a writing lesson
Effective homework allows students to use real, relevant, and meaningful language.
It requires students to use the lesson content in a more flexible manner.
It lets everyone reuse previously studied language and skills, and thereby make new connections.
It gives students the chance to incorporate pre-existing knowledge, ideas, and interests.
This sort of homework challenges students creatively.
It is engaging and interesting.
4 minutes Summary and review Review the outcomes of the activities and summarise the learning points It will consolidate the learnings of the lesson