FCE Lesson Plan – Listening Part 2
These are some activities that I have adapted from the “Teaching FCE” online course found on the Cambridge Teacher’s website.
Step 1: Here is some advice on how to approach Part 2. Ask your students to put the steps in the correct order.
- Skim the 10 questions to get a general idea of the kind of information that will be presented and required.
- Check your answers on the second listening and make sure you haven’t changed the word or phrase in any way.
- Try to write an answer for each question and use only words that you hear.
- Read the rubric, which explains the context and topic, and the instructions. Start thinking about the topic and what you know about it.
- Read through the completed set of 10 questions to make sure your answers make sense.
- Look at each question more carefully and predict what the possible answers may be.
- Read the text before and after each gap and think about the types of words needed or possible answers.
Step 2: Ask your students to look at Part 2. They should read the instructions, skim the questions and underline the key words and ideas.
Step 3: Explain that in Part 2, the words used in the questions and in the recording are usually not the same. Synonyms and paraphrasing are widely used and while listening if you can hear a synonym or paraphrase for the language in the question, it may be a signal the answer is coming. Ask them to match the synonyms and paraphrasing below:
Answers: 1e 2f 3h 4i 5d 6a 7b 8g 9c
Step 4: Ask your students to look at part 2 again, thinking about the types of words needed or possible answers. Now listen to the recording twice and ask them to do questions 9 – 18.
Step 5: Now ask your students to check their answers using the audio script.
Thanks for inviting me tonight. As you know, my main interest is in conservation and I’m lucky enough to work with lots of different organisations looking after animals both in captivity and in the wild. I’d been fascinated by all kinds of bears for a long time before I started working in this field. But it was the spectacled bear that really attracted me – some people find it appealing because of its size and shape, and it’s less well-known than other types of bear, but for me I thought it was such a great name! It comes from the patches of yellowish fur around the bear’s eyes which grow in a sort of circle shape, like glasses, although these golden markings vary greatly from one bear to another and may not be limited to the eyes – they can extend as far as the bear’s cheeks or even chest.
I’d like to explain what we know about this bear, and why I find it so fascinating. It’s the only survivor of a type of bear that once ranged across America during the last Ice Age. We thought that it was only found in certain places in Venezuela and Chile, but I was thrilled to read some reports that suggested it might also be living in northern parts of Argentina and eastern Panama. It’s quite difficult to find spectacled bears in the wild because they are quite shy animals, and tend to live in a wide variety of habitats, which can range from dry coastal deserts to high mountain areas above 4000 meters. They are most commonly found in forests, though. Being such timid animals they tend to come out at night, which is another thing that makes them difficult to see, though, like me, you may be surprised to learn that they don’t sleep all through the winter as many other types of bear do.
We’re not sure about the actual number of spectacled bears that remain in the wild, but it’s been estimated that there are only about 2400 still around. The bears are endangered not so much because they are hunted by other animals, but what I find really sad is the fact that humans destroy their habitat. Spectacled bears are quite small compared with other bears, and of course they do have other enemies – these mostly include mountain lions and jaguars – but they remain a smaller threat.
The bears are primarily vegetarian, and their normal diet is tree bark and berries. On rare occasions though they eat honey, which I thought was just something in children’s books. I was interested to find that they are incredibly good climbers, and one thing I found really funny is that they’ve been known to sit up a tree for days – they make a platform – why? – I couldn’t guess, but they’re waiting for fruit to ripen so they can eat it! It’s quite surprising that although they rarely eat meat they have extremely strong jaws and wide, flat teeth. Very occasionally they do eat meat – something like birds or insects though they like small mice best if they can get them!
We’re really trying to make people more aware of the bears, and we’ve made a television series about one man’s efforts to make people understand the dangers facing the animals. He spent a long time in Peru studying them, and has published a very funny diary of his time there. I hope everyone will read it, and support our efforts to help these fascinating creatures!
So are there any questions?
- (great) name
- (the) winter
- (small) mice
Free Lesson Plan
Listening Paper and audio can be downloaded from: FCE Sample Paper 1
Audio script for Listening Part 2 can be found in: FCE Teacher’s Handbook (2015):