Andrew Andrew

The Alphabet, Spelling, and Hotel Reservations
Beginner level


In this lesson, students practice pronouncing the letters of the alphabet with cue cards, engage in listening exercises, and role play a hotel reservation in pairs to practice spelling their names.


Abc Listening Exercise Beginner Class CD
Abc Listening Exercise Handouts
Abc Alphabet Cue Cards

Main Aims

  • To provide controlled speaking practice and listening for specific information in the context of making hotel reservations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To review pronunciation of the alphabet and practice the present simple tense.


Introduction (2-3 minutes) • to transition smoothly from Terri's segment into mine by presenting my name in a fashion that foreshadows a later exercise

Spell out my name on the white board. "I've gotten to hear what your names are. But what is my name? What are these letters?" Have everyone say the letters and then my name.

Stage 1 (10-15 minutes) • To have students practice correctly pronouncing the letters of the alphabet

"Who can tell me what this letter is?" Show the letter "A." "What comes next?" Hold up "B." Continue to "Z," repeating each letter and exaggerating the shape of the mouth to show correct annunciation if it is difficult for Turks to pronounce. Point at someone to have them say "A." The next person will say "B," etc to "Z." Now faster! Continue until its totally built up. If time, write answer key for Listening exercise on board.

Stage 2 (10-15 minutes) • To set the context of hotel reservations and spelling names

Pass out HO of exercises. "We'll listen to a few exercises and do the matching exercise. Don't worry if you do not understand, just listening will be helpful." Play track 21. "Who is at the hotel?" "Next, circle the name that is spelled out." Play track 24. "Correct the misspelled names." Play track 25. Go over answers.

Stage 3 (10-15 minutes) • Role Playing, Spelling

"Now let's hear an example of when we might spell our last names." Play track 29. "I am going on a trip, and I have a question about the hotel room I have booked." Show my name spelled out on the board. Show example 1.29 and have them replace Tony Blare's name with their own. Rotate partners if still time.

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