Sunday, January 29, 2012

Digital Tools - Listening Lesson Plan

My Listening Math 3+12=15


Adult learners at Intermediate level and above 

one 2-hour lesson 

By the end of this lesson, students will have
  • practised their listening skills by listening to an interview with a famous person
  • understood the basic steps in interviewing somebody  
  • written their own ten questions
enhanced their digital literacy by learning and recording themselves

The teacher asks students to discuss why famous people are interviewed and why public are interested in listening to their interviews. Then students discuss what questions celebrities are asked and what questions they might avoid answering.
Then students watch an interview on  and note down the questions they hear.  Then they listen to the interview again and note down the answers. They discuss the questions and the answers and act out the interview in pairs.
The teacher asks the students to think of a famous person and write 10 questions that they would like to ask the person. The teacher monitors and helps if necessary. Students work in pairs and comment on how appropriate the questions are and make changes if necessary.
The teacher collects all the questions and gives them out to different students asking them to imagine that they are the famous person being interviewed. Students need to prepare answers for those questions.
The teacher asks the students to go to . The teacher demonstrates how to record the answers. Students record the questions and answers and then change computers to listen to the answers of their peers and comment on them. 

The teacher must ensure that the computers and the headsets work properly.
Students might not understand the interview (prepare a transcript beforehand).
Students might not have any ideas for questions (teacher helps).
Some students might not be able to record (teacher helps).
Students might not have enough time to listen to their peers' recording and comment on it (the teacher sets the last task as homework, but the comments will have to be in written or recorded form).


  1. Dear Anna,
    Were you really doing this at 4:13 a.m.? Your diligence is impressive! I like your idea for using TIME 10 Questions. My students might need less free choice and more step-by-step instructions for the recording part than yours seem to.
    Nina in Maryland

  2. Dear Nina, thank you for your comment. It must be the time difference. I posted this entry some time after midnight, but it was definitely not at 4.13am. :)
    My students are used to using Voxopop, I don't really think they will need more detailed instructions. But who knows? :)