Majid Najafi Majid Najafi

A typical day
Beginner (A1) level


In this lesson, students learn how to describe their daily routine while also reviewing ways of telling the time particularly using 'to' and 'past'. The lesson kicks off with teaching everyday activities followed by controlled practice to consolidate the vocabulary items and ends up with a speaking activity about students' typical day.


Abc HO1
Abc HO2
Abc HO3

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of everyday activities in the context of a typical day

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of daily routines


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Greets the students briefly. After a while, ask: "what time is it?" Then ask: "what time does the class start?" (If needed the times are boarded to elicit 'past' and 'to' from the students.)

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Direct students' attention to the board and show them the first slide. Then, ask: "what time is it?" After eliciting a correct response, go on to ask what you do at that particular time and call for some answers. Once the correct response is elicited, ask for a choral drill "get up". Repeat the same procedure with Slides 2 - 8. In the end, review the slides and ask for complete sentences e.g. I/You get up at 7.

Highlighting & Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Hand out HO1 and instruct students to do a project in groups. Each group has to place the cut-ups in order to complete Carol's daily routine. Model the task for the students and give them a 5-minute time limit to complete the task. Once the students are done, ask a member of each group to stand up and stick the A3 paper onto the board. Then, students should stand up and check their friends work to see whether there are any problems with it. Get feedback and resolve problem areas.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Show slide 9. Elicit what the rows show and what the words in the box are. They should find the time of the day we do each activity. Hand out HO2 and tell the students to complete the table in 2 minutes. Get feedback by asking students to come to the board and write the answers.

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

Show slide 10. Ask students to make some notes about their daily routine for 2 minutes. Start with an example. Hand out HO3. Once they are done, ask them to stand up and talk to someone. They should find three people with similar daily routines as theirs.

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