Using puppets to practise listening comprehension

Speaking puppets are useful for do-it-yourself listening comprehensions - as sometimes in the books the listenings are too easy or too difficult or not appropriate for your students. Tell the class what to listen for / write simple comprehension questions on the board. Then the puppet speaks and the students answer the questions. e.g. Tommy uses his mobile phone calls for a take-away pizza. You can use publicity that comes through the door and as a prop as chooses different types of fast-food/takeaways. Here is a sample script to give you some ideas - adapt to suit your class.

"I'm hungry, I'm really hungry - I don't know what to eat! (your puppet then picks up and looks at fast food flyers) Mexican? Chinese? Italian?  Yes, that's what I want...(looks at flyer and picks up phone and dials) 954421501 Hi..it's Tommy, I'd like a Margarita pizza please, extra cheese.....mm mm, 6 euros, ok great, see you later"

 Possible questions could be
1) What number does he call?
2) What pizza does he want?
3) How much is the pizza?

and on the board, they are simplified to

1) Phone number ?
2) Food ?
3) € ?

You can have a similar conversation if Tommy’s calling a friend to arrange a time and a place to meet.

1) Phone number?
2) Place?
3) Time?

Using puppets in the English language classroom for listening practice.

Using puppets in the English language classroom for listening practice.