Emine Arikan Emine Arikan

Telling the time
Beginners level


In this lesson the students will learn how to tell time.Also the students will practise their speaking skills.


Abc Handout (photocopy)
Abc printed pictures
Abc Whiteboard
Abc cardboard clock

Main Aims

  • to practise how to tell the time

Subsidiary Aims

  • to practise the Ss productive skills (speaking)


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher says “good afternoon” to everyone and tells his/her name.Then introduce the subject of telling the time by asking What time is it? and “What time does the lesson start?” to test the students knowledge of telling the time .

Listening 1 (7-9 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher holds up a picture and asks the students to look at the picture and asks, “What can you see?” Then the teacher plays the recording.The students listen and repeat the dialogue. The teacher encourage the Ss to follow closely the stress pattern as they practice the question and times.The teacher asks the students to work in pairs to repeat the dialogue.

Listening 2 (7-9 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher writes on the board “am” and “pm” and asks the Ss if they know these. am=in the morning pm=in the afternoon/evening The teacher gives the Ss hand outs and plays the recording.Tells the Ss to listen and circle the times they hear.The teacher puts them in pairs and tells them to check their answers.Then the teacher plays the recording a second time if students are not sure of their answers.Then check the answers with the teacher.

Class Activity (9-11 minutes) • to give the students communication activities

To give further practice the teacher brings cardboard clock with moveable hands to the lesson. First, the teacher change the times on the clock .Places the hands at two o’clock and asks “What time is it?”.Then moves the clock to different times: 9.20 , 6.45 , 7.10, etc. Then the Ss have turns ,coming to the front of the class,moving the hands,and asking “What time is it?”. The teacher writes some cities and times on the board : LONDON:12.00 noon NEW YORK: 6.00 am PARIS:1.00 pm HONG KONG :7.00 pm MUMBAI: 4.30 pm SYDNEY:9.00 pm Then the teacher asks the students , If it’s 6.00 am in New York, what time is it in Paris? The teacher tells the students to work in pairs and ask the same question to each other.

Speaking Activity (10-12 minutes) • To allow students an opportunity to use this language in a meaningful, real-world context.

The teacher describes his/her daily routines by completing the sentences.The gives the Ss hand outs to complete the sentences and set a time limit. Then the teacher tells them to work in pairs and tell your partner about you. After 2-3 minutes the teacher tells them to change their partners and repeat the exercise.

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