Reagan Reagan

Special Days
Elementary level


This lesson focuses on helping Ss to learn and use successfully the language of special occasions. Through listening and speaking practise, Ss will learn and practise correct ordinal numbers, learning the correct suffix and pronunciation.


Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with clarification and practice of functional language for saying dates in the context of special days

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss an opportunity to speak in pairs in the context of holidays and special dates
  • To listen for both specific information and specific details in the context of holidays and special dates
  • To review the vocabulary terms for the main secular holidays, such as brithdays


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

Teacher uses "On a perfect day, I..." stem to review the present tense and elicit special days context and personal experiences related to the context. "On a perfect day, I play with my kids." "On a perfect day, I don't go to work." Students generate 4 sentences of their own and share with a partner and then share with the class.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ss will do exercises 1-3 through individual and pair work checking,i followed by whole class listening. The students will be reminded of key special days and the appropriate polite phrasal response.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Using exercises 4-6, Ss will focus on the months and numbered days. The students will work alone and check answers in pairs and then finish with whole class feedback. Correct pronounciation and responses will be emphasized here with some drilling.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Unsing exercise 7, students will listen carefully to the audio recording trying to differentiate between often confused number pairs such a 13/30. They will then practise with each other, ma-king up sentences with the target numbers and responding to each other.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

To introduce the topici, the teacher will demonstrate with 4 of his own dates (July 22, April 12, Nov, 18th, Oct. 21). Using Ex. 8, the students will write 4 dates that are important to them and then engage in discussion (question and asnwer) about each other's dates using the target language.

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