Emine Arikan Emine Arikan

Beginner level


In this lesson,the students are going to learn and practise saying the months of the year in order.They will also practise their receptive skills(listening) in the context of national holidays.The students will do various activities in pairs and as whole class to practise speaking using the TL.


Abc Handout (photocopy)
Abc printed pictures
Abc Whiteboard

Main Aims

  • to practise saying the months of the year in order

Subsidiary Aims

  • to practise the students receptive skills(listening) in the context of national holidays and to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the text


Lead in (5-6 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic

Teacher introduces the lesson title "holidays" and holds up a picture of Children's Day.Then asks students if they can think of any other special days and "when is it?". Teacher writes on the board the possible answers: New Year's Day 1 January May Day 1 May Victory Day 30 August Republic Day 29 October Then teacher asks the holidays in the UK and writes some of the holidays on the board. Christmas 25 December Easter (chances from year to year) Bank Holidays

Listening 1 (9-11 minutes) • to activate students prior knowledge of TL (vocab. ) and practise listening the TL

Teacher writes six months at random on the board and ask if they can tell what the other months are.Teacher writes months on the board. Then teacher gives the marker one of the students and the other students take turn to put the months in order from January to December.Asks questions about the months. Which is the coldest/hottest/shortest. Which is your favourite month and why? Teacher gives students a list of the months.Asks a few question to check students understand them. How many months are there? What is the first month? What is the last month? What is the fifth month? Which months are hot/cold? Teacher plays the recording.Students listen and repeat. Teacher puts students in pairs .They practise saying the months.

Months Clapping Game (9-10 minutes) • to practise the months and have fun with what we have learned

Teacher tells students to sit in a circle. Each student puts their left hand palm up and their right hand palm down resting on the hand of the student next to them. Teacher explains the game. Start by saying “January” and clapping the hand of the student to your right. That student will say the next month as they clap the hand of the student next to them. Continue around the circle saying all of the months of the year in order. Repeat several times. Then teacher adds some challenge to the game, every time a student says “December”, the next student should try to move their hand before it can be clapped. If the student moves their hand before the student who said “December” can clap it, the student who said “December” is out and the circle gets smaller. Start from January again. If the student who says “December” is able to clap the hand of the next student, that next student is out. Students keep playing until there is only one student left.

Vocabulary (4-5 minutes) • To learn new vocabulary words and prepare students for the text.

Teacher writes the following vocabulary on the board and explains the meanings. independence day to celebrate a party a parade (I will demonstrate a picture) a barbecue a flag

Listening 2 (5-7 minutes) • To practice listening for gist

Teacher stikes two pictures on the board and asks ,"What country can you see? "Do you know the holidays?" Then teacher plays the recording .Students listen and match the speakers to the photos. Speaker 1: A Speaker 2:B

Listening 3 (6-8 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information ( scanning)

Teacher gives students handouts and gives them a moment to read it and check vocabulary.Then teacher tells students to tick the right person in the chart and plays the recording again. Teacher puts students in pairs .Student A and Student B Tells Student A to describe Independence Day in Mexico and Student B to describe Independence Day in the USA.

Closing (3-4 minutes) • To have fun and wrap up out lesson nicely

Teacher tells students to line up according to their birthdays (month and day, year isn't necessary) and gives them 3 minutes to do this in.Students asks each other "When is your birthday?" Then teacher asks students to announce their birthdays to see how well they did!

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