B1 Lesson Plan

Achieving English Listening Mastery with Podcasts

Created by ALULA | April 15, 2024

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Podcasts have become a versatile and accessible resource for learning languages, offering learners the opportunity to immerse themselves in natural English contexts. This lesson plan leverages the rich and diverse world of English language podcasts to help intermediate B1-level ESL adult learners enhance their listening skills and expand their vocabulary in an engaging and dynamic way.


This lesson plan is designed for intermediate ESL learners to improve their English listening skills and vocabulary through podcasts. Students will be introduced to a variety of podcasts, followed by exercises that include summary writing and vocabulary acquisition. By the end of this lesson, learners will have practiced attentive listening, understood diverse English accents and dialects, and acquired new vocabulary in context.

Lesson Focus

Students will benefit from focused listening practice, which is crucial for understanding spoken English in real-world contexts. They will expand their vocabulary through exposure to words and phrases within the podcasts and apply their knowledge through summary writing, discussing content, and vocabulary exercises. Furthermore, this lesson aims to foster a habit of learning English beyond the classroom, promoting continuous language development.

Lesson Content

Activity 1: Podcast Selection and Listening

Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes

Objective: To familiarize students with podcasts as a learning tool and practice focused listening.

Materials: Access to a list of curated podcasts suitable for intermediate learners, headphones/earphones, and a device (smartphone/tablet/computer). Teachers can curate this list from popular podcast platforms or education-focused sites.


  1. Introduce the concept of podcasts for language learning and discuss their benefits.
  2. Provide students with the curated list and ask them to select one podcast episode they find interesting.
  3. Allow time for students to listen to their selected podcast episode attentively.

Activity 2: Summary Writing

Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes

Objective: To practice comprehension and recall by summarizing the podcast episode.

Materials: Writing materials (notebook and pen) or a digital device for typing.


  1. Ask students to write a brief summary of the podcast episode they listened to, highlighting key points and information.
  2. Encourage them to note any new vocabulary or expressions they encountered.
  3. In small groups or pairs, have students share their summaries and discuss any new words or phrases they learned.

Activity 3: Vocabulary Expansion

Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes

Objective: To deepen understanding of new vocabulary and phrases encountered in the podcast.

Materials: A list of new vocabulary and expressions compiled from students’ summaries, dictionaries (physical or online).


  1. Review the list of new vocabulary and expressions as a class.
  2. Ask students to look up the meanings and use each word/phrase in a sentence.
  3. Encourage students to discuss the context in which these words/phrases were used in the podcast.

Wrap Up

In this lesson plan, intermediate ESL learners engaged with English podcasts as a tool to enhance listening skills and vocabulary knowledge. Through listening, summary writing, and vocabulary activities, students practiced comprehension, learned new vocabulary, and gained confidence in understanding spoken English across various dialects and contexts.

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