This advanced English listening is based on a BBC World Service documentary about Noor Inayat Khan, a French Indian spy who worked for the British in occupied France during the Second World War. This lesson has discussion topics, extensive vocabulary and a 26 minute listening with comprehension exercises.
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Ask the students to discuss whether they know of any real-life spies.
Ask the students to write down on flashcards 5 characteristics of a good spy, and on separate flashcards their opposites. Get the students to place them in 2 columns justifying their choices. Have your own set prepared, with the following characteristics, and get them to divide the characteristics along with the others:
Write the following phrases onto flashcards. Each student needs to choose one, and tell the other students the phrase, but leaving out the underlined word. They then need to act out or draw the missing word for the other students to guess. Once they have the full phrase, explain the meaning if they do not already know.
didn’t have the foggiest idea
the network was blown
learn the ropes
blew her cover
hold up very well
hefty piece of kit
come up to scratch
to know something inside out
Get the students to listen to the following documentary and answer these questions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fwl80
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