Listening lesson plans

Browse our collection of free lesson plans to help you familiarise students with IELTS and prepare them for their Listening test. 

Listening Part 1

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Form Completion and Multiple Choice questions Beginning with a look at Form Completion questions, students use prediction skills to anticipate context and possible answers before applying this to practice of the question type. The lesson then provides practice of analysing stems in MCQs and anticipating the use of synonyms and rephrasing before test practice with a set of Multiple Choice questions.

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Matching Features This lesson introduces the use of synonyms throughout the Listening test with a particular focus on how they are used in Matching Features questions. With strategies to activate students’ awareness of the context of a listening, and the language they might hear, students are given the chance to apply these in practice of Matching Features questions taken from Part 1. 

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Listening Part 2

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Short Answer questions In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the types of instruction they can find in question types which require them to write an answer. Students will also work through preparation strategies to be ready to listen and identify answers when the audio starts.

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Note and Table Completion Beginning with a Table Completion overview task to familiarise learners with the format of Part 2, this lesson introduces a strategy to help test takers deal with both Table and Note Completion question types. A jigsaw exercise provides opportunity for communication between learners in the discovery of test strategy before the application of this in a full Part 2 practice.

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Listening Part 3

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Matching questions Following an overview of this part of the IELTS Listening test, this lesson focuses on a strategy for dealing with Matching question types. An analysis of strategy is followed by a focus on the language to express certainty and uncertainty to prepare learners to listen for the speakers’ attitudes, which is often tested in this part of the IELTS listening test. This awareness of language and test strategy can then be applied in the final task, practice of this question type from Listening Part 3.

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Sentence Completion This lesson begins with an activity to raise awareness of the instructions provided for completion question types and the accuracy required. Following this, students look at how to identify the context of the Listening prior to hearing the audio being played. Students then work together on the analysis of a strategy before applying this in the final practice of Sentence Completion questions taken from Listening Part 3.

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Listening Part 4

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Note-taking With an initial note-taking task which draws attention to the real-life application of the skills being tested in Part 4, this lesson looks at Diagram, Summary and Table Completion question types. After working through a strategy for each of these, students are given practice of a full Part 4 which contains all three of these question types. 

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Keeping up with the speaker This lesson tackles the challenge of Part 4 of the Listening test through activities which provide strategies for students to keep up with the speaker. By analysing the structure of an academic talk and the use of signposting expressions, students are given the opportunity to apply strategy in test practice of Part 4 in full.  

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