This listening lesson plan for advanced and proficiencey ESL is based on an interesting, fast-paced 5 minute video produced by the BBC, which presents 60 fascinating points about our world. The lesson includes a gap-fill exercise, listening for gist and some idioms about our world.
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Get the students to write a list of 10 reasons as to why the world is awesome. Get them to discuss their lists.
Hand out the gap fill exercise to the students, and then get them to look through numbers 1,2, 13, 17 and 20, and guess what they think the missing words are.
Get the students to listen to the first 20 facts from the following video, and fill in the missing words. Play it twice if necessary:
Once they have listened to the video 2 or 3 times, get the students to take turns in writing the answers on the board. This will help you check the words and their spelling.
Play the remaining 40 facts and get the students to note down as many as they can. Find out how many they can come up with (you can give them some time beforehand to work out a strategy to work as a team in order to accomplish this).
Write the following idioms on the board, but leave out the underlined words. Get the students to try and guess the missing words, and then go through the definitions with them.
there is a world of difference
to make a world of difference
to be dead to the world
to be worlds apart
to do somebody a world of good
to think the world of something
out of this world
there are 2 very different things
to improve something
to make someone feel much better
to be very fond of something or someone
wonderful and exciting
Write the idioms onto flashcards, and get the students to take turns choosing one and drawing it on the board for the others to guess. After that, the student who did the drawing has to ask another student in the class a question with their idiom.
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