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Advanced: Listening

These are the worksheets. The mp3 listening files have to be downloaded from the Listening Bank where you will also find the transcripts.

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Interview with an Actress

Target Language: Talking about positive/negative aspects of jobs, multiple choice listening exercise.
Description: Recording of radio programme where theatre actress talks about her recent career. Vocabulary exercise which focuses on understanding the meaning with little context or clues.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L1
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The SETI Interview

Target Language: Talking about UFO's/The Unexplained.
Description: A radio program in which a scientist talks about UFO's/the search for extra-terrestrial life. Speaking before and after about this and other unusual phenomena.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L2
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The Pet Caterer

Target Language: Unusual jobs, looking after animals.
Description: A lesson based around an interview on a radio program about Dan Smith's unusual job. What are the benefits or downsides of doing an unusual job?
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L3
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A Survival Story

Target Language: Making decisions/prioritizing choices. Listening to radio program.
Description: Listening based around radio program and story of woman's survival at sea. Pre- and post-listening speaking activities based around "what if?" questions.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L4
Tags: Adventure
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Online Perils

Target Language: Using the internet, spam/viruses, etc. Listening to a radio program.
Description: The listening here is an radio interview based around the "dark" side of the web: phishing, spam and viruses. Pre-listening vocabulary exercise looks at some internet terminology. Free speaking activity to finish the lesson with.
Duration: 60-70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L5
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Turn Off That Light

Target Language: Talking about saving energy, listening to radio interview.
Description: The core of this lesson is a 6m 45 second radio interview in which an expert on light pollution discusses the negative effects and possible solutions to city lighting becoming an environment issue. Students also discuss other ways of saving energy and their own opinions on light pollution.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L6
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Read All About It

Target Language: Listening to conversation about local newspapers, why people buy local newspapers.
Description: The subject of this lesson is local newspapers. Students listen to two friends having a discussion about the merits of the local press. Students can then express their own opinions on the subject. Optional "editor" role play possible too.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L7
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Anger Behind The Wheel

Target Language: What causes road rage and what possible solutions there are to reduce it.
Description: The listening in this lesson is a talk on the radio about road rage. There are two vocabulary exercises, looking both at single words and idioms. There is a role play at the end of the lesson.
Duration: 60-70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L8
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Film Fanatics

Target Language: Going to the cinema, movie critics.
Description: The theme of this lesson is the world of cinema and, in particular, the movie critic. Do we believe and follow their recommendations? Should we? This is a long and quite tough listening and there's also quite a lot of vocabulary work, as part of the listening exercises too.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L9
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