Stephen Ianno Stephen Ianno

What time is it?
Beginner level


Students will learn the different methods of how to say the time in English as well as ask questions related to time.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for stating the time in the context of everyday life

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in asking and answering questions in the context of time


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

Project the clock onto the board and ask students what time it is. Ask students questions like, "What time is it now?", and "What time do you go home?". Put the correct times onto the clock.

Useful Language (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

On the adjustable clock, draw the arcs to depict a quarter in one color and a half in another color. Write 1/4 and 1/2 next to them respectfully. Elicit students, how do we say these numbers? A quarter, a half Write the words next to them Set the clock to 12:15, how do we say this time? Twelve fifteen or a quarter past twelve Set the clock to 12:30 and repeat Set the clock to 12:45. A quarter to one. Draw the arc between the 9 and the 12. Hand out worksheet and have students write both the numerical and the spoken times written on the clocks. Take whole class feedback, especially for the last one as it's a bit different.

Listening (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Explain to students that they will listen to an audio about the time. Show students the handout with four clocks. Set the task to determine the time in each part of the audio. Hand out the worksheets and play the audio Pause it and repeat certain parts to allow students to hear the answers more than once. Play it again if necessary. Check answers with partners. Class feedback.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Clear the board and write "What time do you get up in the morning?" Drill the question using back-chaining. Outline the form of the question in a different color beneath it. Make groups of As and Bs. Hand out the appropriate worksheet to each group. Students work together to create the appropriate questions based on the handout. Regroup students in AB pairs. Have them do the dialogue together and answer each other's questions.

Feedback and Error Correction (4-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Monitor the students' dialogue closely. Write common mistakes on the board and correct them according to student needs.

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