Alethea Simatos Alethea Simatos

Telling the time
Elementary level


Abc Audio T3.7
Abc Audio T3.6
Abc SB p30
Abc TV Guide 2 pages
Abc Clock visuals - answers ex 2
Abc Workbook p19
Abc TP4 slides
Abc Vocab cards

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of and practice using time words in the context of telling the time and talking about times things happen, e.g. What time is it? It's half past five in the evening.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about time in the context of times around the world.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context, pre-teach or activate necessary vocab and engage students

1. T Shows a picture of a clock on projector. Elicits what it is and what it's for. 2. PELMANISM: T gives instructions for the game, then hands out cards to groups. Ss play until all pairs matched or time's up. Check answer on slide.

Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

3. Ss listen and complete Ex 1.a. Peer check answers. 4. Ss ask and answer Ex 1.b

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

Meaning: - o'clock visual: Where does the big hand point for o'clock? Straight up. How do we write this with numbers? 12.00 - half visual: Which picture shows 30 minutes? Half picture. How do we write this with numbers? 12.30 Which picture shows half past? - quarter past visual: Which picture shows 15 minutes? Quarter picture. How do we write this with numbers? 12.15 Which picture shows quarter past? - past and to visual: Which side is past? Which side is to? Pronunciation (see board plan): 1. It’s nine o’clock. /əˈklɒk/ Stress on nine and clock 2. It’s quarter past eight. /ˈkwɔːtə/ = weak form used. Stress on quarter and eight 3. It’s half past three. = elision to /ˈhʌpɑːst/ dropping f and silent l. Stress on half and three 4. It’s twenty to eleven. /tə/ = weak form used. Stress on twenty and eleven Form (see board plan: T elicits form from SS. Question: What time is it? Statements: It's ........ (see board plan) Prepositions: in, at, on

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

5. Ss do Ex 2. Check answers on back of clock visuals. 6. SS complete Ex 3. Check answers with T3.7 7. SS complete WB Ex 10 for prepositions. Ss all come up and write answers on board (projected exercise)

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

T gives instructions for info gap Ex 4, demonstrates one with stronger student, then hands out material. SS complete info gap with TV guide

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ex 5. Students talk in small groups to ask and answer the questions about times/days

Feedback (2-3 minutes) • To provide students with feedback on their language use.

T boards examples of good language and any problem areas that affect accurate production of the TL. Elicits correct language from the SS.

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