To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of time
To provide process writing practice of a message in the context of being late
Procedure (28-45 minutes)
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
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
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.
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