Amy Jane Walker Amy Jane Walker

time lesson
intermediate level


Students practise speaking in the context of time, firstly starting with a lead in exercise of how early or late students arrived for class, followed by a discussion about sayings about time. then a discussion about punctuality and in what contexts it is necessary ending with a written exercise, writing an email letting someone know that you are going to be late for an appointment


Abc examples of sayings
Abc list of events

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of time

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a message in the context of being late


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

to write the time that each student arrives at the class up on the board and facilitate discussion about who was early, who arrived in/on time and who arrived late, and to discuss how long one has to wait until it is considered late, potentially draw a time scale on the board to clearly illustrate meaning

Discusion about saying of time (10-15 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through example

to hand out examples of sayings relating to time from different languages, discuss what the class thinks they mean, give examples of other sayings in English. elicit saying regarding time from the students language and discuss them in English

Discussion on Punctuality (10-15 minutes) • To practice fluency speaking with regard to punctuality

move conversation onto topic of punctuality, are some people in the class always early/on time/late, can you be late for some things but not others, what types of things can you be late for, when is it never ok to be late, give students a list of events to discuss if they can be late for the event, when is it acceptable, social differences.

Writing Task and feedback (5-10 minutes) • To practice writing a message in the context of being late

to use the previous discussion as examples which one can write a message on, set the task to write a message explaining why they are going to be late to an appointment/event, use ICQ's elicit what method of message would be best suited to the situation. allow the class to share some of these messages

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