Mikhail Safronov Mikhail Safronov

St. Patrick's Day
A2 level


In this lesson, students learn about St. Patrick's Day - its origins, history and celebration. The lesson's aim is on receptive skills (reading mostly).


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Main Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about St. Patrick's day in the context of the same topic

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of St. Patrick's day in the context of the same topic


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

Ask students to have a look at the picture and ask them to tell what the picture represents. (3 mins) Instructions: Look at this picture. What do you know about this object? (If they know nothing or don't give you many answers, just skip this part) After students have answered, show them the video without the sound. Ask them to guess what celebration it is. Instructions: Watch this video. What celebration is this? (St. Patrick's day)

Pre-Reading (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

In order to make reading comprehension less challenging for students, introduce several vocabulary items. Use MFP (meaning, form, pronunciation). Don't forget to drill the pronunciation with students. Instructions: feast - noun, countable, a day on which a religious event or person is remembered and celebrated /fiːst/ establish - verb, to start a company or organization that will continue for a long time /ɪˈstæb.lɪʃ/ shamrock - noun, count. or uncount., a plant that has three round leaves on each stem /ˈʃæm.rɒk/

While-Reading/Listening #1 (5-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ask students to choose the most appropriate heading for the text. Give 2-3 minutes to read the text and nominate two or three students to answer. Instructions: Read this text, you have 2 minutes (slide with the text). After, choose the right name for the text (slide with the options). Question: 1. The legend of St. Patrick 2. Green is the colour of St. Patrick's Day 3. The history of St. Patrick's Day (Answer)

While-Reading (11-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ask students to read the text again. Give them 3-4 minutes to do so. After they are done, make them discuss the questions in pairs, don't confirm the answers. Give 4 minutes. Afterwards, nominate 4-5 students to answer the questions. Instructions: Read the text again. You have 4 minutes. When you are finished, discuss these questions with your partner. CCQs: How much time have you got to read the text? (4 minutes) What do you do when you're finished reading the text? (Discuss the questions with a partner) Questions: When is St. Patrick’s day celebrated? At what age was St. Patrick kidnapped? What did St. Patrick do when he returned to Ireland? How does Ireland celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Who transformed the day into a holiday? What is typically worn on St. Patrick’s day and by whom?

Wrap-up (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Wordwall game.

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