Jan Zeiger Jan Zeiger

talking about calendars
pre intermediate level


In this lesson, students will talk about keeping a personal calendar, identify significant holidays, birthdays, and special dates, and negotiate with each other to arrange business or personal meetings.


Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation, negotiation in the context of calendars

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of holiday words, arranging meetings and dates in the context of family, friends, work


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

Show slide "is anyone busy" - Sts discuss all the things they have to do and remember during a given week.

Content Prep (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Large group creates a calendar of annual events. BoRs help each other make personal weekly calendars.

Language Prep (3-4 minutes) • To provide students with vocabulary needed in discussing calendar events

BoRs work with MPA jamboard to clarify selected vocabulary.

Language Practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Ss role play with sample language prompts to prepare for production task.

Negotiating meetings (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Task #1: In BoRs, Ss use personal calendars to arrange a dinner meeting with their group. Task #2: Switch groups - find a time to go to movies with new BoR. Task #3: Switch groups - when can this group have a party this week?

Feedback (6-8 minutes) • To allow students to report on how they did the task and DEC

How did planning your meetings go? What was easy? What was not easy? What did you learn about your friends? DEC - cover language used - glows and grows

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