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When is new year's day?
Elementary level


The lesson starts with a quick discussion on calendars and measuring time. They will skim read to answer questions about units of time. They will follow this up with another reading activity on days and months. Then students will do a listening and reading (in detail) task on ‘When is new year’s day?’ The teacher will introduce Present Simple Negative form with a quick elicit since the students are already familiar with the topic. Then they will do practice of TL using ‘The Chinese calendar’ fill in exercise. Finally, there will be a controlled writing activity on TL. (If time remains, the students will share their sentences they wrote in the previous task to do a semi-controlled speaking activity.)


Abc Audio file 1.53 from Global Elementary, Macmillan Education
Abc Gap-fill handout from the course book pg.25
Abc Text 'New Year's Day' from the course book, pg.25
Abc Gap-fill handout from the course book pg.24

Main Aims

  • To practice reading for gist and detail (in texts about calendars and new year's day)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce the present simple negative form


Warm up (1-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher will show students a picture of Mayan calendar and ask them to guess what it is.

Pre-Reading (4-7 minutes) • Pre-teach key lexis needed to help students understand the text

Teacher will ask students if there is anything special about 26th July. (It is the new year's day in Mayan calendar) Teacher will then ask 'What is the new year's day in our calendar?' Students will be asked to fill in the gap in 'We use calendars to measure passing of .......... within a year'. Then the teacher will elicit units of time from the students.

Skim Reading (8-13 minutes) • To encourage students to read for general understanding

Students skim read the text then answer questions in one minute. They will be given a clear start/stop signal.They check their answers in pairs. Some students will write the correct answers on WB.

Reading Activity (13-18 minutes) • To practice reading for specific information

Student will be given a sheet with months and days written on. They will work in pairs to categorize days and months and put them in correct order. Teacher will project the correct answers on WB.

Listening Task (19-23 minutes) • To make students familiar with the reading text via listening for specific information

Students will listen audio file 1.52 (When is new year's day?). Then teacher will ask them to tick names of the countries mentioned.

Reading for detail (24-30 minutes) • To practice reading for detailed comprehension

Students will read the text 'When is new year's day?' Teacher will give them handouts individually. Then they check in pairs. Whole class feedback.

Grammar (31-37 minutes) • Introduce the present simple negative form

I am going to ask questions about the text called ‘When is New Year’s Day’  Each calendar uses either sun or moon or both. How about your calendar?’  Does Gregorian/Islamic calendar use the sun? There are different calendars having different New Year's Day in the world.  So, for example does Indian calendar begin in January? The simple present tense (negative) is used to describe habits, unchanging situations, general truths, and fixed arrangements. o Does Islamic calendar use the sun? –No o Does Indian calendar begin in January?- No  The Islamic calendar /doesn’t /use/ the sun.  The Indian calendar/ doesn’t/ begin/ in January. Subject + doesn’t + verb(infinitive without ‘s’)

Post-listening (38-41 minutes) • to provide with an opportunity to expand on what they have learned

Students will be given a sheet each. They will fill in individually but check in pairs. Students will write the correct answers on WB.

Controlled writing (42-45 minutes) • to allow an opportunity to do more practice of the TL

Students will be given a paper each. They will complete the sentences by writing the correct form of the verbs in present simple tense.

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