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Telling the Time Lesson
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about telling the time with eliciting. The class will begin with a warm-up then proceed with TTT shape. They will learn about the ''past, quarter and to'' then will do the various exercises.


Abc Straightforward Elementary - Teacher's Bk pg50
Abc Straightforward Elementary - Ss Bk, U4A p43

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the language used for telling the time in the context of daily routines.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of simple present tense in the context of telling the time.


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

Students write down two facts and one lie about their routine, e.g I get up at eight o'clock. I go to bed at nice o'clock. I eat fruit for lunch. Put Ss into groups. They must read out their sentences to each other. The other students must guess which sentences are true and which one is false.

Test #1 Showing Slides (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Ask students the time. Elicit it is a quarter to eight. Show the time with the hands on the clock. Modal and drill each time chorally and individually. Once students have got the hang of saying the times, get them to ask and answer across the class. Move the hands on the clock. Then student A says: What time is it? And Student B says: It's ten past six etc.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Begin with the slide 3, show the clock terms via a big clock on the board. Ask ''how many minutes are in an hour?/ how many minutes in a half?'' and do the exercises. While having students answer the questions, ask them what they do in that time, in this way they use the present simple tense as talking about the routines with the help of telling the time.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Apply the exercises 1 and 2 on page 43. Ex1: Work in pairs, give the activity paper and use ICQs about the activity. Ex2: Give the activity paper then listen to the dialogues and complete the clocks. Then, students pair check. If there are any disaggreements or problems, you elicit these and encourage students to do the explaining.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Divide the class into two groups and play a board game. Have them create a group name for themselves and make them work together on the questions. Roll the dice, make them answer the questions together. The winner group gets the chocolate bar.

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