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Asking and telling the time
beginner level


In this lesson, Ss will be able to ask the time and tell the time and understand the difference between different clocks (digital/analogue).


Abc Straightforward book
Abc Straightforward book class cd
Abc handout about telling the time
Abc speaking handout
Abc Realia (clock)
Abc sentences on cardboard
Abc audio CD
Abc HO3 Questionnaire

Main Aims

  • To provide controlled practice speaking and writing practice by asking and telling the time.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to introduce the meaning of 'a.m' and 'p.m' with a practice of listening for specific information and with controlled practice speaking activity.


Lead-in (5 minutes) • to strengthen spelling, pronounciation and activate Ss schemata on the topic of time

hangman game on the board to elicit the question '' what time is it''? from the Ss. Ss take turns trying to find out the word by guessing one letter at the time.

Drilling time vocabulary (5 minutes) • to review and reinforce Ss vocabulary when reading the time

T draws a clock on the board labeling on it the words: o'clock, quarter past, quarter to, half past. T drills the words the words above through repetition and gestures using the body . T demonstrates time using realia (real analogue clock) and asks Ss to tell the time it shows.

Information gap (10 minutes) • to check the Ss capability of recognizing and drawing the time

T gives Ss a handout to Ss to complete in groups of 2. Ss read the time to his/her partner and gets them to draw in on the blank clock on the handout. Each student has 4 blank clocks to fill out and 4 clocks with the time given to read to their partner.

feedback (2 minutes) • to verify the students understanding by checking their answers

T asks students to share their answers with the rest of the class.

Time language vocabulary (5 minutes) • to understand the meaning of the time expressions : a.m and p.m on a digital clock

T draws a time line on the board and explains the difference between A.M and P.M. T draws a chart on the board with 2 seperate columns (A.M- P.M). T shows Ss sentences on sticked on a piece of cardboard and gets them to tell the time of expression. Ss will then stick in the sentence to the correct column on the board.

Listening activity (5 minutes) • to listen for specific information

Ss listen to an audio CD and circle the times they hear on their handout sheet. Ss check their answers in groups of 2.

Semi-controlled spoken practice (10 minutes) • to provide semi-controlled spoken practice of target language in the context of daily routine

HO3 Questionnaire: T reads sentences to the Ss about herself and gets them to draw on the blank clocks the time mentionned. Ss will repeat this activity but this time drawing the times according to their daily routine and afterwards according to their partner's routine. Ss will work ın groups of 2 to complete this task.

feedback (3 minutes) • to provide feedback on Ss production and use of language

T asks Ss to give their answers to the rest of the class

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