A1 Elementary level
To talk about times
To provide students vocabulary related to the context of telling time.
To develop their speaking skills using target language.
Procedure (40-52 minutes)
Show Ss a clock and ask them to tell relevant words about time. Ss tell relevant lexis set - e.g. second, minute, hour, etc. w/c FB Show Ss pictures of "a week", "a month" and "a year" in HO, and model and drill all of the words above. Ss in pairs do ex 1 and put the words in order. w/c FB
Elicit times - step by step round the clock. Do plenty of drilling paying attention to natural pronunciation. Elicit the question. Ss practice in open pairs - passing the clock around & moving the hands. Pre-teach "cooker". Use the speech bubbles to teach "I think..." and "Me too". Say "I think it is a cooker". Give ex 2a. Ss work in pairs and decide what the things are in pictures A-F. w/c FB Ss in pairs match the times in ex 2b to photos A-F. w/c FB Model and drill the times. Highlight the schwa in "o'clock" /əˈklɒk/
Tell Ss that there are two ways to tell the time in English. Introduce Ss the meaning of "quarter", "half", "past", and "to" in times. Ss in pairs match the times in ex 2c to photos A-F. w/c FB Model and drill the times. Highlight the pronunciation of "quarter" /'kwɔːtə/ and "half" /hɑːf/.
Give Ss ex 3. Ss work in pairs and write the times. w/c FB Give Ss HOs composing of six clocks without hands. Ss (on their own) draw hands on the clocks according to the times written under them. w/c FB, show on the w/b Give HO and ask Ss to put the times in order. Ss work in pairs. w/c FB Do ex 4. Refer Ss back to photos A-F in ex 2a. Play the recording. Ss listen and match the conversations to three of the photos. w/c FB
Give ex 5. Ss do the exercises in pairs. w/c FB Point out that all three questions have the same meaning but the third one is more polite. Point out that we use "at" with individual times and we use "from....to" for lengths of times. Elicit on the w/b. Teach the meaning of a.m. and p.m. Model and drill these phrases.
Give ex 6. Play recording. Ss repeat. Check Ss copy the polite intonation correctly. Give Ss one minute to work on their own and write down six times. Ss work in pairs and take turns ask and answer the questions in ex 5a. Their partner should write down the times. Encourage Ss to use all three questions. Ss check they they have written down the correct times with their partner.