Teaching EFL Listening via FUN WITH ENGLISH Books/7B/Lesson 5

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Opening class talking about the student's school trip last Saturday, and closing it discussing my trip last week to Hawaii. In between doing textbook activities, hoping to get a discussion going about city/country life. After that, have them practice their hearing with difficult questions about the textbook material.

Lesson Objectives[edit]

  • Students will enjoy themselves, creating a positive association with the English language.
  • Create an atmosphere that's comfortable enough for students to feel take chances speaking English to me and their peers.
  • Ask the right questions to get a lively discussion going about either their trip or city/country life.
  • Engage all of them by asking unexpected textbook questions, forcing them to listen closely to really understand whats going on.
  • Find a way to make practicing English more appealing to them than speaking to their friends in Chinese.

Lesson Plan[edit]

Before Class Starts

  • Ask everyone to get into their seats.
  • Walk around the room small talking with different students.
  • Get the computer turned on if it works.
  • Open a blank word document.

Greeting: Yo! What's up?

  • Practice the "What's up?" routine.
    • If they don't remember, review.

Opening Discussion: Talk about their trip

  • Did you do something special last Saturday?
    • Write all the answers on the word document.
  • Where did you go?
  • How did you get there?
  • What did you do on the bus?
  • What did you take pictures of?
  • Did you have fun?
  • Why did you go on the trip?

Textbook: Page 14 Let's get ready A

  • Where would you rather live in the city or the country? and why?
  • What kind of job do you need to live in a city? the country?

Textbook: Page 15 Let's listen 1 A Tapescript Page 78

  • b4 starting - what is a penfriend?
  • Read it correctly the first time, then change around the words to see if they're listening. (Mr. Brown)
    • Instead of "I live in England." Read "I live in France" and so on.

Textbook: Page 16 Let's listen 2 A Tapescript Page 78

  • After reading, when you ask the questions say "What is across from the school?" or "What is diagonal from the ______?" (Mr. Brown)

Textbook: Page 16 Let's listen 2 B (Maybe)

  • (Mr. Brown)

Discuss: Talk about my trip

  • Chose one of the following depending on my and the class's mood.
    • Traveling from shanghai -> tokyo -> hawaii
    • surfing
    • Hawaiian Culture: flower over a girl's ear, right ear = single, left ear = not single
    • Hawaiian Culture: hang loose hand gesture is the same as 6 hand gesture in China
    • Hawaiian Language: aloha = hello
    • Hawaiian Language: mahalo = thank you
    • Show the pics of my family, including the one of us with the pair of locals and quiz the kids about the hand gestures and flowers.

Extra Time: Number of Letters? Game (Mr. Brown)

  • Make two teams.
  • Tell them to make a word that begins with one letter, e.g. D, and has 6 letters.
  • Go back and forth between the teams making the words.

Lesson Review[edit]

31 Mar 2010 Grade 7 Class 11[edit]

  • Kids were in a good mood, and we got a solid discussion going about their trip.
  • Took Mr. Brown's suggestion of reading the textbook wrong, and it got a bunch of giggles from the students.
    • I just kept on reading. Perhaps next time I should stop when I make a mistake and ask them what they think?
  • They were not too interested in me talking about my Hawaii trip, but they did like the candy.

Next Week[edit]

  • Review the Hawaiian culture?

31 Mar 2010 Grade 7 Class 11[edit]

  • Short discussion about the trip, but a long discussion about the city vs. the country and what jobs they would like to do.
    • In Let's get ready A on page 14, I have a difficult time expressing the activitiy. Many students put "See a film" in the "Only City" list which is fair, but at the same time, it isn't what the activity calls for.

Next Week[edit]

  • Near the end of class 3 boys came to the front to do a hula dance, but we ran out of time. Ask them if they'd try again?



  • Ideas I got from Stuart Brown, I acknowledged with (Mr. Brown).
  • I would like to thank all the 7th and 8th grade classes at Anqing Foreign Language School who had this lesson for their participation and feedback. I would also like to thank the Anqing Foreign Language School for allowing me to teach there.


Version 0.3 30 Mar 2010

  • Included suggestions from Mr. Brown for the textbook activities.
  • Typed up what I've evolved to be doing in class over the first 5 lessons of the week.