Lamia Lamia

Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about time idioms and expressions through reading activities. The lesson starts with a song as a lead-in and then the Ss will get to guess what the text is about. After that, we'll deal with some blocking vocab and then do a gallery reading. This will be followed by a couple of more activities and then a controlled practice followed by a last activity to wrap up the lesson.


Abc Exercise 2

Main Aims

  • To introduce Ss to a variety of time idioms through reading activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification about the meaning of time idioms


Lead-in (7-9 minutes) • To give a hint about what the lesson is going to be about

T will play a song and ask Ss to think of what the song is about. Ss will be divided into 3 groups and will be asked to discuss with their peers in the group. T will give the Ss 3 minutes to discuss. After that, T will ask each of the groups to choose a "group speaker" and ask him/her to report back to the rest of the class, and that will be the feedback stage.

Reading for gist (6-8 minutes) • Make Ss find the general idea in order to guess the attitude of the text and to get an idea about idoms

Ss will be given a text and will be asked to read it in 2 minutes. After setting the time, T will monitor. T will make Ss discuss the text in pairs. T will ask the Ss about what they think the text is about. Then T will ask them to underline the sentence they think is different from the others. T will make sure Ss notices the idiom sentence. "Only time will tell" T will ask Ss questions like "Can time speak?" "How can time tell us something" to introduce the Ss to the concept of Idioms. T will tell the Ss we will go back to the text

Gallery reading (5-8 minutes) • To introduce Ss to the time keeping concept

T will stick the questions from exercise 2 page 48 around the classroom. Ss will be asked to go around the classroum, find the question, answer it and note the answer down on a piece of paper. After they finish answering all the questions, Ss will be asked to compare their answers with their partners. Ss will then count their score. T will project the meaning of the scores on the WB. As a feedback, T will ask some Ss about their score and if they think it's true in their case.

Time idioms (7-9 minutes) • To provide Ss with a variety of time idioms and their meanings

T will give Ss will be divided into 2 groups. And each group will be again divided into 2 groups. Groups 1 will be giving cut outs with time idioms and groups 2 will be given the definitions. Ss will do a matching game. T will set a time of 4 minutes and monitor. T will then project the answers on the board and ask Ss to see how many sentences they have got right. After that, T will ask the Ss to choose which time idiom represents them the most and why.

Going back to the text (4-5 minutes) • Allow Ss to find time idioms in the text

T will ask Ss to take another look at the text they were given earlier. T will give Ss 2 mins to underline any time idioms they come across in the text. T will make Ss find out their meanings T will help Ss with PRON

Dialogue game (5-6 minutes) • Ss practice the use of time idioms

Ss will work in pairs and have a quick chat and ask each other questions, but the answer should contain one of the time idioms they have learned. Ss will have 1 minutes before they switch the partner.

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