Listening Lesson Plan
Getting the Main Ideas
Warm-up: Show comic strip of the classroom of students who have no idea what the teacher is talking about but don't ask the professor. Ask the students if they have ever had this experience or a similar experience. Discuss this topic for 5 minutes.
Evaluation:Have the students attend a specific lecture or put several copies of a video taped lecture on reserve in the HLRC. Tell the students the topic of the lecture and discuss possible questions related to that topic. Have the students attend the lecture or view the video and write down in outline form the main idea and supporting ideas from the speaker's presentation. 5 minutes.
In the original version of this lesson plan I stated that the object of this lesson was to have the students be able to understand the topic and main points of a lecture. I then proceeded to have the students listen to a news article on tape. The discrepancy was quickly noted by the other students in the class when I presented the lesson. In this revised version of the lesson I have kept the objective consistent with the type of discourse being used. This change made several extensions of this lesson apparent. It would be easy to adapt this lesson to different discourse styles. Instead of a lecture you may want to have the objective be for the student to be able to understand the main points of a news program on tv or a talk in church. These require many of the same skills but may also have some skills specific to their genre of discourse.
One thing that might help the students as they listen to a lecture on a subject with which they are not familiar would be to provide a list of new vocabulary. This vocabulary will become meaningful when the students hea it in context. You may also want to discuss how generating a list of vocabulary words might help to prepare them mentally for the lecture they are about to hear. The students may want to include this as part of their preparation for other lectures they attend.
I also realized that the lesson was somewhat general, without any specific topics for the lectures or specific pre-questions. I felt that It was good to leave the specific topics or questions open to the instructor. The instructor will have a good idea of the needs and interests of his students. With this insight the teacher will be able to choose lectures or articles that will be intrinsically motivating to the students in that particular class.
I think that the overall Idea for this lesson is a good one that can be made relevant to the students own situations. It could also be incorporated into a larger thematic unit. I think that the strength of this lesson is its flexibility.