English Listening Lesson on
 Toys

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THE LESSON ON TOYS

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I love toys. And I’m nearly fifty years old. I think they’re great fun. Of course I only play with toys with my grandchildren. Toys of any kind keep children happy. Even if it’s a horrible, cheap, free toy from McDonalds, they love them. The thing that amazes me is how little toys have changed. The same toys are in the shops today as when I was a kid. I guess some toys will never change. There’ll always be Lego and cars and toy telephones. The biggest difference with today’s toys is that many are digital. Today’s toys speak to you and children interact with them more. They’re not so good in the bath, though. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of toys. I still love going to toy stores and buying them – as presents, of course.





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LISTENING GAP FILL

I love toys. And I’m __________________ old. I think they’re great fun. Of course I only play with toys with my grandchildren. Toys __________________ children happy. Even if it’s a horrible, cheap, free toy from McDonalds, __________________. The thing that amazes me is how little toys have changed. The same toys __________________ today as when I was a kid. I __________________ never change. There’ll always be Lego and cars and toy telephones. The biggest difference with today’s toys is that __________________. Today’s toys speak to you and children interact with them more. They’re __________________ the bath, though. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of toys. I __________________ to toy stores and buying them – as presents, of course.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT TOYS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about toys in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about toys for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about toys. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about toys. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. TOYS POSTER Make a poster about toys. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY TOYS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on toys. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on toys. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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