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  • 1. Presenter: Jenny Chen Instructor: Dr. Po-Yi Hung Nov. 19, 2008 Listening Lesson Plan - Health
  • 2. Introduction
    • When we learn a language, there are four skills that we need for complete communication. When we learn our native language, we usually learn to listen first, then to speak, then to read, and finally to write.
  • 3. Benefits of Listening
    • 1. When listening, we are reviewing a lot of English usage such as vocabulary, grammatical structures, intonation, accent and our own interpretation.
    • 2. We can learn new words and expressions by hearing them frequently.
    • 3. We can imitate what we hear and apply it with great confidence.
    • 4. Listening can be a good "hobby" while we do other things such as cooking, ironing, exercising, relaxing etc. In other words, we have no wasted time at all.
    • 5. Listening is also a great way to train our attention.
  • 4.
    • 1. Objective: Students will be able to listen and comprehend articles and dialogues.
    • 2. The age of students: Undergraduate students
    • 3. Number of students: 20 students
    • 4. English level: basic
    • 5. Vocabulary level: 800-1000
    • 6. Time: 2 hours
    • 7. Materials and equipment: computer, projector, 3 worksheets, and 1 evaluation quiz
    Lesson Plan
  • 5. Lesson Plan
    • 8. Procedure:
    Warm Up (10 minutes) Activity I (20 minutes) Vocabulary + Activity II (30 minutes) Worksheet I (10 minutes) Worksheet II + Worksheet III (25 minutes) Activity III (15 minutes) Evaluation (10 minutes)
  • 6. Warm Up
    • Work in pairs. Talk to your partner about health.
    • Have you been healthy all of this year?
    • Do you catch colds easily?
    • Is your body strong?
    • Do you ever take days off sick?
    • Find out who is the healthiest person in the class.
  • 7. Ways to prevent catching a cold
    • Don’t touch your nose and eyes
    • Gargle three times a day
    • Drink a glass of red wine every day
    • Wash your hands after shaking hands
    • Sleep 8 to 10 hours every night
    • Don’t smoke
    • Wear a hat and two pairs of socks
    • Eat lots of oranges and grapefruits
    • Be sure to eat breakfast every day
    • Drink lots of chicken soup
  • 8. Activity I
    • Refer to the ideas given and discuss with your partner.
    • 1. What do you do to avoid colds?
    • 2. Why do you think they could prevent colds?
    • 3. Which ones would you like to try?
  • 9. Vocabulary catching colds keeping warm wrap socks viruses old wives’ tales cold weather influenza blood vessels icy water
  • 10. Old Wives’ Tales
    • An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
    • Count the seeds inside an apple to find out how many children you will have.
    • It’s bad luck to sleep with your head facing north.
    • Blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one puff and you dreams will come true.
    • If you step on a crack in the pavement, bad luck will come.
    • Friday the 13 th is an unlucky day.
    • If you dream about a snake, something bad in your life will disappear.
  • 11. Activity II
    • Talk about these “old wives’ tales” with your partner.
    • 1. Do you think they are true?
    • 2. Are there similar tales in your country?
    • 3. Why do you think people believe these?
  • 12.
    • Article headline: Keep warm to avoid colds: scientists
    • Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):
    • a. A scientist said taking a sauna is the best way to prevent a cold. T / F
    • b. A scientist reports that wrapping up warm helps keep colds away. T / F
    • c. There are many centers in the world researching medicines for colds. T / F
    • d. Keeping your nose warm will not protect you against colds. T / F
    • e. Cold weather widens the blood vessels in the nose. T / F
    • f. Volunteers put their feet in freezing cold water for 20 minutes. T / F
    • g. Nine percent of volunteers who kept their socks on caught a cold. T / F
    • h. A doctor advised children to wrap up well in summer. T / F
  • 13. Listening to the article
    • Listen to the article and complete worksheet II.
    • Link of the mp3 of the article:
  • 14.
    • Put the words in the box into the gaps in the text while listening to the article.
    • Keep warm to avoid colds: scientists
    • For many years people have said that ________ a cold because of cold weather is an old ________ tale. Now scientists have found that keeping warm ________ can help stop colds. Researchers from the Common Cold Center at Britain’s Cardiff University have discovered that cold weather is a ________ cause of catching a cold. The center is the only laboratory in the world that researches and ________ new medicines for influenza and colds. The researchers recommend wearing a hat and keeping your feet ________ to avoid colds. They also suggest you ________ keep your nose warm when ________ in cold weather.
    major somehow dry really catching outside tests wives’ blood bowls likely wrap ability within leader kept
  • 15.
    • Dr. Ronald Eccles, team ________ at the Cold Center, said we are more ________ to become ill in cold weather. He said the cold makes the ________ vessels in the nose narrower, which reduces our ________ to fight viruses inside the nose. Dr. Eccles studied 180 people in his study. Half of his volunteers put their feet in ________ of freezing cold water for 20 minutes, while the others ________ their feet dry. Dr. Eccles found that 29 percent of those who kept their feet in the icy water caught colds ________ five days, compared with nine percent for those who kept their socks on. Dr. Eccles advised children “to ________ up well in winter”.
  • 16.
    • Match the following synonyms from the article :
    • a. catching ___ dress warmly
    • b. really ___ scientists
    • c. discovered ___ getting
    • d. researchers ___ probable
    • e. suggest ___ found
    • f. likely ___ infections
    • g. narrower ___ recommend
    • h. viruses ___ icy
    • i. freezing ___ tighter
    • j. wrap up well ___ truly
  • 17. Activity III - Comprehension
    • Listen to the conversation between a doctor and a man.
    • Work in pairs. Answer the following questions according to the conversation.
    • What symptoms does the man have?
    • 2. When did the man start feeling uncomfortable?
    • 3. What illness might the man have?
    • 4. What kind of diagnostic tests are needed?
    • 5. What did the doctor gave the man?
  • 18. Evaluation (1)
    • Listen to the article and cross out the incorrect words in bold.
    • Eating fish is good for the brain
    • Eating fish every week may keep our brain more active during our older / bolder years. This is the conclusion of research conducted / constructed by the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study found that older people who eat / catch fish regularly have quicker and better memories. Over / Under a lifetime of eating fish, people could be three to four years mentally younger in age. Lead researcher Martha Clare Morris said: “We found that people who ate one fish meal / bone a week had a 10 percent slower annual decline in thinking.…People who rarely eat fish have a…faster decline in their thinking ability over time / clock .”
  • 19. Evaluation (2)
    • Morris’s team collected information on the diets and memory gain / loss of 6,158 people aged 65 and older. She concluded: “Eating / Catching fish may help to slow people’s decline in thinking ability as they old / age .” She thinks several fatty / slim acids contained in fish may help the brain’s development. Eating fish has previously been associated with a lower risk / brisk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or having a stroke. Oily fish, like salmon and tuna, are a luxury / rich source of the acids. The report on the benefits of consuming fish appears in the October 10 online issue of the Archives of Neurology .
  • 20. Homework Assignment
    • 1. Listen to the dialogue “Going on a Diet” and find the definitions of the words you don’t understand.
    • 2. Answer the questions posted on the discussion board.
  • 21.
    • Thank you for your attention!