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A zero preparation 30 minute listening task


This is an example of one of my "instant 30 minute listening tasks" on frenchteacher. This one was written for pupils aiming for GCSE in England and Wales (low intermediate/intermediate level). You could use it with other classes.

Using your own voice rather than an audio source has some advantages. You can dictate the speed, build in natural pauses or a degree of repetition or paraphrasing. The fact that the class will also (hopefully) be watching you means you can use facial expression and deliberate eye contact to hold their attention.

Needless to say, this resource doesn't have to be used in isolation. It might fit neatly into your existing scheme of work. You could always scaffold the task with some vocabulary (words and lexical phases) written on the board, maybe even pre-taught.

Best of all, these activities need no preparation apart from some printing off. Feel free to copy and paste this one if you like the idea.




Healthy lifestyle



Teacher script to be read aloud



Bien manger et boire, c’est essentiel pour rester en forme. Voici quelques idées pour éviter des mauvaises habitudes.

Il n’y a pas de bon moment pour commencer à être en bonne santé, alors commencez aujourd’hui !

Qu’est-ce qu’il ne faut pas manger et boire?

Ne mangez pas trop de sucre. C’est un challenge difficile. Buvez moins de boissons sucrées comme du coca-cola, de bonbons et d’autres snacks comme des chips ou des barres chocolatées. Ne les achetez plus, ou choisissez des options sans sucre comme le coca lite.

Evitez aussi les plats préparés et les soupes instantanées. Ces produits contiennent des conservateurs, des sucres ajoutés et souvent beaucoup de sel.

Naturellement il faut éviter la caféine, l’alcool et la cigarette. Essayez d’abandonner ces habitudes addictives.

Mangez-vous trois bons repas par jour ? Excellent ! Le petit déjeuner est le repas le plus important de la journée. Si vous grignotez, choisissez des snacks sains comme des fruits, des noix ou un petit pot de yaourt. Essayez aussi de manger beaucoup de fruits et de légumes en général. Les végétariens vivent plus longtemps en général

Quels sont les autres conseils pour avoir un mode de vie sain ?

  • Dormez 7 à 8 heures par nuit.

  • Buvez beaucoup d’eau, au moins un litre et demi par jour.

  • Relaxez-vous régulièrement, pour éviter le stress.

  • Faites beaucoup d’exercice.



A.        Complete the sentences below with a word from the box beneath. Note that  TWO words are not used.



1.         Bien manger et boire. c’est _________ pour rester en forme.

2.         Il ne faut pas ________ trop de sucre.

3.         Evitez de boire des boissons ________, comme le coca-cola.

4.         Trop de barres chocolatées, c’est ________ pour la santé.

5.         Choisissez des _________ sains.

6.         Les plats préparés contiennent ________ de sel et de sucre.

7.         Il faut consommer l’alcool avec ________

8.         ________ trois repas par jour.

9.         Il faut dormir sept ou huit ________ par nuit.

10.       Il est important de se _________.



manger            beaucoup                relaxer            essentiel        modération              sucrées           options                  essayez          mauvais            moins             heures             mangez



B. Listen to a section again at least twice. Underline where you hear differences. Then mark in below each difference what you hear. There are 8 differences.



Bien manger et boire, c’est important pour rester en forme. Voici quelques astuces pour éviter des mauvaises habitudes.
Il n’y a pas de bon moment pour commencer à être en bonne forme, alors commencez aujourd’hui !
Qu’est-ce qu’il ne faut pas consommer?
Ne mangez pas trop de sucre. C’est un challenge dur. Buvez moins de boissons sucrées comme du coca-cola, de bonbons et d’autres snacks comme des frites ou des barres chocolatées. Ne les achetez plus, ou sélectionnez des options sans sucre comme le coca lite.
Evitez aussi les plats préparés et les soupes instantanées. Ces aliments contiennent des conservateurs, des sucres ajoutés et souvent beaucoup de sel.
Bien sûr il faut éviter la caféine, l’alcool et la cigarette. Essayez d’abandonner ces habitudes addictives.







Answers



A.

1. essentiel     2. manger   3. sucrées   4. mauvais   5. options  6. beaucoup   7. modération

8. mangez  9. heures   10. relaxer



B.

Bien manger et boire, c’est important pour rester en forme. Voici quelques astuces pour éviter des mauvaises habitudes.

Il n’y a pas de bon moment pour commencer à être en bonne forme, alors commencez aujourd’hui !

Qu’est-ce qu’il ne faut pas consommer?

Ne mangez pas trop de sucre. C’est un challenge dur. Buvez moins de boissons sucrées comme du coca-cola, de bonbons et d’autres snacks comme des frites ou des barres chocolatées. Ne les achetez plus, ou sélectionnez des options sans sucre comme le coca lite.

Evitez aussi les plats préparés et les soupes instantanées. Ces aliments contiennent des conservateurs, des sucres ajoutés et souvent beaucoup de sel.

Bien sûr il faut éviter la caféine, l’alcool et la cigarette. Essayez d’abandonner ces habitudes addictives.





The original words are in the transcript.

Comments

  1. This is a great idea Steve, just a quick question. For the first exercise, do you read the text in whole before the kids fill it out or can they attempt to fill it out before you begin to read?

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    1. I would read it aloud. Some pupils would be able to use their reading skill to complete the sentences without even listening, but listening will help them a good deal. If they do the gaps first there’s a risk they might not listen very carefully.

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