Martha Abdelmasseh Martha Abdelmasseh

Reading and listening in the context of dates and times
Elementary level


In this lesson, ss will learn about dates and times in the context of international festivals. First, ss will be introduced to the hard vocabulary. Then, they will start reading a text about festivals around the world and match the descriptions with the festival pictures. next, they will practice in pairs some Wh questions about these festivals. This is followed by less controlled practice where ss come up with three famous festivals in their country. Next, ss will read an extract from an interview with a novelist about her favorite times and dates. Ss will have to match the questions with the answers to complete the interview. Then, ss will listen to two interviews for two people talking about their favourite times and dates, and complete the chart; this will be preceded by pre-listening activity where the context is set and new vocabularies are introduced. Finally, ss will practice speaking about their favorite times and date ,in pairs, in a less restricted activity.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, ss will have practiced reading and listening in the context of dates and times.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice speaking in a semi-controlled/less restricted activities.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Focus ss attention on pictures in the ppt that include typical Egyptian festivals such as Ramadan and Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif For example: What’s your favorite festival? Why? What kind of Egyptian food or dessert do you have for celebration? I will ask ss to discuss the possible answers in pairs

Pre-Reading new vocabulary introduction (5-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

I will use ppt and relative examples to illicit the meaning of new vocabularies and verb phrases following the ECDW concept with the following words: Tomatina Festival take place August throw January Take part Water Festival last April

While-Reading 1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

I will demonstrate how to answer Ex1a by matching the first extract with correct picture with ss. Ss will match given extracts with the provided pictures Ss will check answers in pairs Display the AK for Ex1a for Ex1b, I will demonstrate question no1 with ss change pairs I will ask ss to work on Ex1b in pairs Display the AK for Ex1b for Ex1c, I will demonstrate it in an open practice ask ss to practice it in pairs I will get FB by checking the answer of one student from each pair.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

I will demonstrate with ss the first part from the interview in Ex5a. Ss will match the rest of the interview. change pairs. ss will check their answers in pairs. Display the AK. I will set the context by explaining that Ex5b are extracts from two interviews for two different people about their favorite times and dates. Ss will listen to the audio in Ex5b, then I will elicit the meaning using the ECDW method. I will demonstrate Ex5c by answering question 2 and 3 in Cristina's interview. Ss will listen to the interview and complete the chart. Ss check their answers in pairs. Display the answer key.

Post-Reading/Listening (5-6 minutes) • To provide ss with an opportunity to have a semi-controlled/less restricted speaking activity.

I will demonstrate Ex6 with ss by providing a personalised answer for the first question in Ex5a in an open practice. Ss will practice giving personalised answers for Ex5a in pairs Get FB from ss.

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