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The Grammys

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Popular culture

  • 60 min
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B1
  • B2


Learning goals

  • Understand and respond to the content and language of extracts from authentic interviews with musical artists
  • Be able to use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Correctly answer questions on the main ideas and detail of extracts from authentic radio interviews
  • Demonstrate understanding of the meaning and use of key vocabulary from the extracts
  • Successfully apply strategies to the comprehension of a new, self-selected interview

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Activities (12)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of pop music and recent popular songs.

Conduct this activity as a poll. Once students have submitted their answers, send them the results and discuss briefly as a class, asking why they voted as they did.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to further introduce the topic of the Grammys and prepare students for the content of the interviews they will hear.

Have students discuss the questions in pairs or small groups.

Suggested answers.

 

Main ideas 1

Main ideas 1

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Open the link and listen to the first 20 seconds of a radio show about the Grammys. Then answer the question. Do not read the transcript.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas in the audio. It is split into two activities, Main ideas 1 and Main ideas 2.

Have students:

 

Main ideas 2

Main ideas 2

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen to the rest of the radio show and answer the questions. Do not read the transcript.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas in the audio.

Students should now listen to the rest of the audio and try to answer the questions. Have them briefly discuss their answers in pairs or small groups before submitting.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen to the show again and answer the questions. Do not read the transcript.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific details from the audio.

Once again, students should avoid looking at the transcript.

Students will have the chance to discuss the meaning of some of these answers in the Comprehend activity.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Match the words and phrases to their definitions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check understanding of key vocabulary from the audio.

Students can review the transcript to see the words in context.

Language notes

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the article about awards ceremonies. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to complete a text about awards ceremonies with key vocabulary from Language.

Students will need to choose the correct form of some of the words, e.g. trauma or traumatic.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is give students freer practice in using the key language.

Ensure that students use the correct forms of the words.

 

Comprehend

Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen to the show again and answer the questions. You can read the transcript if you need to.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to explore the meaning of details from the audio.

Students may read along with the transcript for extra support, and use the dictionary to help them.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Open the list of nominees for the 2018 Grammys and choose an artist that you like or want to find out more about. Find an interview with this nominee on YouTube and follow the steps.

Use the reference material 'Listening to something new' to help you.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to develop students' autonomous listening skills by applying strategies for listening to unfamiliar audio that they have selected themselves. Students should consult the reference material to clarify the strategies which are outlined in the activity.

Make sure that the interviews the students choose are not too long, or that students focus on only four or five minutes of a longer interview.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson, and identify what they did well and what they would like to improve in terms of listening.

Students could focus on the following in terms of evaluating their listening skills:

 
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