Richard Tatterton Richard Tatterton

Teaching Practice 3
Elementary level


In this lesson, the students will practise reading for gist and reading for detail in the context of calendars and special occasions using lexis related to time and dates in a semi-controlled speaking exercise.


Abc Calendar 2014
Abc Global Elementary
Abc Diary 2014

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about calendars from different cultures in the context of New Years celebrations and the differences of dates according to varying cultures.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice using the simple present affirmative, negative and interogative structures in the context of habitual practices and occasions.


Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To generate Ss interest in the topic

T will prepare a table in the centre of the room with several calendars and diaries on it. T will ask the class if they can recognise the items that are on the table, eliciting the words 'diary' and 'calendar' from the Ss. T will use a PW activity in which the Ss use either a diary or calendar to find their birthday date. T will ask the Ss if they can say the date to their partner. T will ask the Ss if they can find out how many days are in the month of their birthday and report it to their partner. T will ask if the Ss can find any other special dates on the calendar. WC FB will then lead to T write key TL words on the board such as 'Gregorian calendar' and 'New Year' celebration.

Reading for gist (3-5 minutes) • To practice reading for gist

T will hand out the reading to the Ss. The Ss will be given 2 minutes to read the text. T will use CCQ's such as 'Does New Years day fall on November the first?' and 'Does the Islamic calendar use the sun or the moon?' to check Ss comprehension of the topic.

Controlled practice and reading for detail (5-7 minutes) • To practice reading for detail and to establish answers as a whole class.

T will instruct the Ss to read the article again, only this time they will be answering questions on the reading. T will hand-out ex. 2 from pg. 24 Global Elementary. Ss will work through a controlled written practice of the TL, this will be a PW activity. T will walk around the room monitoring at this stage. T will instruct the Ss to check their answers with their partner. WC FB - lead-in to grammar

Boardwork stage (5-7 minutes) • To provide controlled practice of the present simple in affirmative and negative structures

T will write on the board the sentences 'The Islamic calendar doesn't use the sun.' and 'The Indian year doesn't begin in January.' T will elicit from the students the tense of these verbs. T will ask the students if they can identify the doesn't + infinitive. T will students to find other examples of this in the text they have just read, this will be a PW activity. T will elicit answers from the Ss.

Controlled practice (3-5 minutes) • To Present the simple present and provide the students with a written record.

T will hand-out ex. 6 pg. 139 Global Elementary. Ss will work through the exercise individually. Answers will be given as WC FB

Preparation stage for freer speaking activity (5-7 minutes) • To provide the students with a written record of the TL

T will hand-out ex.3 pg 25 Global Elementary. T will instruct students to complete the sentences so they are true for them. Ss will work through this exercise individually. T will ask ICQ's to check students understanding of the task 'Are we writing about ourselves or about a friend?' T will walk around the room helping where needed.

Free speaking practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide free speaking practice and improve levels of accuracy using TL

T will divide the class into groups of 3-4 students. Ss will take turns in asking each other questions about their sentences. T will walk around the room listening and prompting and correcting where necessary. There will be no FB on this exercise.

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