ESL Lesson Plan: Audio files for "A Solar Pump" (Pronounciation of simple past verbs)

This narrative is the story of a woman engineer who designed a solar-powered pump for a remote village in Africa where there was very little fresh water available. This lesson (in a series of timeless listening comprehensions) is intended to introduce a variety of subjects. In this case, it will be easy for teachers to evoke topics such as the scarcity of fresh water, solar power, helping Third World countries, the work of engineers and so on.

The grammatical purpose of this exercise is to have students work on the correct pronunciation of verbs in the simple past. We have used many of the verbs that appear in our verb chart and podcasts numbers 46 to 48. There are different listening sections with after every paragraph a listen-and-repeat section.

Below you can find the recordings. The worksheets, keys, and pairwork exercise for oral practice are all in QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book Version 2.0.

A Solar Pump

The narrative—in "Your English" Podcasts 49 and 50—has been cut into two parts with a listen-and-repeat section and oral questions for each part. These exercises are appropriate for all levels from A2 to C1—thus good for mixed-level classes. The oral files can be used in labs, in class or as "oral" homework when students have access to computers.

You can download them here:

  • Your English No. 49 for "Inventing a Solar Pump Part 1"


MP3 - 10.1 Mb
Your English 49 Inventing a Solar Pump Part 1
  • Your English No. 50 for "Inventing a Solar Pump Part 2"


MP3 - 12.9 Mb
Your English 50 Inventing a Solar Pump Part 2
  • If you prefer you can go to iTunes, type my name "Marianne Raynaud," and get the whole series of "Your English" including Nos. 49 & 50.

Additional exercises to make your students speak even more

I have written many more exercises to learn semi-scientific vocabulary of the kind used in the podcasts above and even more specific to the sciences. All these exercises are to be found in the digital resource book in MS Word and PDF. Go to QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book Version.

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