Topic-based listening lessons
These topic-based listening lessons on an eclectic range of subjects are designed to introduce content-based learning into the EFL classroom.
Each illustrated worksheet contains up to an hour’s worth of material, graded according to language level and based around one or two listening tracks. Pre-listening warmers engage students’ interest and prepare them for the listening ahead.
Teacher’s notes provide step-by-step guidance through the lesson as well as ideas for follow-up activities and a full tapescript.
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In this lesson plan, students listen to a consumer report on obesity and what we can do to combat it. They complete a chart and gap-fill on calorie intake vs. output and listen again to focus on key vocabulary. A follow-up activity asks students to describe the symptoms and solutions for an obesity-related problem.
In this lesson plan, students listen to tips for helping someone with an eating disorder, depression or stress. They answer true/false questions and interview their partner on leading a healthy lifestyle.
In this lesson plan, students unjumble words to reveal four natural disasters before listening to information on hurricanes and floods. Comprehension questions focus on the what, why, where and when. A follow-up activity asks students to match vocabulary such as ’drown’, ’evaporate’, disrupt’ and ’blow down’ to their definitions.
This lesson plan provides an ideal introduction to the concept of food chains. Students complete a food chain diagram then listen to a clear explanation of each link in the chain from producers to third-level consumers. The listening also includes a clear explanation of why food chains are important. A gap-fill consolidates key vocabulary such as: ‘carnivores’, ‘herbivores’, ‘consume’, ‘destroy’ and ‘produce’. A fun group speaking activity asks students to describe a food chain word ...
Feet are fascinating but what are the differences between human feet and bird feet? In this lesson plan, students match feet photos to the names of birds before listening to a description of the feet of woodpeckers, ducks, ostriches and how their feet are suited to their behaviour. A gap-fill consolidates vocabulary encountered. A follow-up activity asks students to filter the words they hear according to whether they are adjectives, verbs or nouns.
What are the positive and negative aspects of sport? In this lesson plan, students listen to an overview of the good and bad aspects of practising a sport. A true/false exercise and gap-fill teaches words such as ‘fan’, ‘train’, ‘cheat’, ‘team’ and ‘winner’. A follow-up debate activity gets students to formulate and present their own opinions to classmates.
In this lesson plan, students listen to a radio documentary on the migratory journey of Kimbea, a wildebeest who travels 2,000 miles from the Serengeti Plains in East Africa to the Masai Mara. They match sentences from the documentary to the month they refer to. A vocabulary exercise concentrates on words such as ‘migrate’, ‘plain’, track’ and ‘survive’.
In this lesson plan, teenagers Anna and Ben chat about an internet history quiz and ask each other quiz questions about history. Students listen to the dialogue then complete a gap-fill, label a world map, match sentences to places on the map and complete a vocabulary exercise on words such as ‘ancient’, ‘ruin’, ‘temple’ and ‘invaders’.