Amena Zahid Haider Amena Zahid Haider

Years lesson
Beginners A1 level


In this lesson, the students learn to say, read and write the vocabulary for years by listening to different texts.


Abc slips with numbers
Abc Quiz
Abc Matching exercise
Abc Gap-fill/ listening activities

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the concept of numbers in the context of years.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To reinforce the comprehension and pronounciation of numbers in the context of years by listening to texts.


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

Ss are handed a folded piece of paper . They unfolded it and read the number written on it. I will write the numbers on the board. Ask some ss to spell. aIntroduce 1000 by writin on he board and asking if ss knew it. Write its spelling and drill for pronounciartion.

Exposure (7-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ask students to notice any other numbers on the board. A couple of ss may point to the date written in the top right corner of the board. Write the date in the middle of the board ' the 25th of October 2017' Encircle 25th, October, and 2017 one by one and elicit the vocabulary for date, month and year. Pronounciation practice ( maybe backchaining)

Highlighting (4-6 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Erase the date except for the word 'year'. Write 1996 1986 on the board Play the recording for just the first one. Ask ss what they heard, they discuss/check in pairs quickly. Underline 1996 and play again to check. Students do the activity and check in pairs. FB by asking students, ask them to come to the board and write. Play audio once more, students repeat Ss listen to the second activity and repeat

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

Ask 2 students to read the first and second date from the second activity. Write 1840 on the board and then 18 - 40 and highlight that that's how they are said in English. Same with 1996 (19 - 96). For 2005, highlight the usage of "and". For 2010, the two possible forms. Write 2011, 2012 and elicit the two possible forms. Play the recording and pause for individual and choral repetition. Elicit how to read each of the dates in the first activity. Ss practice saying the dates in pairs. (I will monitor to check for errors) For activity 3, read the question, one part at a time. Elicit the answer. (May need to explain with a timeline)

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Matching activity Ss listen to the recording and match the two columns. Make groups/ pairs ask them to check. Project the activity on the board. Give three different coloured markers and ask students to come one at a time and mark the answers. WCF

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

Activity 2 and 3 Ss work individually for number 2 and in pairs for number 3. Monitor for errors in writing and pronounciation for number 3 and correct on the board.

Free Practice (7-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Activity 4 ,Dates quiz Students read and find answers and confirm them in a mingle. Check with the recording

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