Zahra Koolivand Zahra Koolivand

Dates and Months
Elementary, A1-A2 level


In this lesson, students learn about ordinal numbers and review the names of months and seasons. They will practice the vocabulary with some games and speaking activities.


Abc coursebook
Abc Months' names card
Abc Ordinal number cards
Abc CP handout
Abc LCP handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Dates and Months vocabulary in the context of birthday and holidays

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of national public holidays


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

* T will ask Ss about the date of the day and then say it's her best friend's birthday. * Ss must talk to their partners to see if they are good in memorizing dates. * Feedback will be open-class

Exposure (2-3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

* Ss are divided into groups and they have to put the cards given to them on the board in the appropriate seasons. ICQs: Do you write something? No Do you put your months in the correct seasons? Yes * The feedback will be given by the students themselves.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

* Ss are shown the "first" ordinal number card and asked where it should go ( Which month is number 1?) * Ss must match the rest of the ordinal numbers with the months in groups. * Feedback will be open-class

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

* Ss will receive the coursebook HO to check the spelling of the ordinal numbers and months. * Ss will repeat the pronunciation of the ordinal numbers. * T will write this sentence on the board: My birthday is .....May. My birthday is ......5th of May. The Qatar Olympics are ....2020. and elicit prepositions of dates, months.

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

* Ss receive a HO containing dates in numbers and they have to write the dates in letters, individually (Part 2(a)). ICQs: Do you write or talk? Write Do you work with your partners? No * Ss do the peer check. *The feedback will be given to them but for checking the pronunciation some of the answers will be checked orally.

Semi-controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

* Ss have to ask their partners the questions in part (b) and write the answers. ICQs: Do you ask your friends? Yes Do you write down their answers? Yes * Ss are put in different groups and they have to talk about their previous partners.

Freer Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

* Ss must talk about the question written on the board in their groups. "What days are public holidays in your country?" ICQs: Do you talk about important dates of Turkey? Yes Do you Say the dates in English or in Turkish? English * Ss will share their ideas with new partners and compare to find similar dates. * Feedback on content will be talking about the similar ones. *Feedback on language accuracy will be delayed error treatment.

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