Andrew Watson Andrew Watson

Pre-intermediate speaking skills demo
A2 level


A demo to show how to give exposure to speaking skills (discourse management - explaining a personal calendar and asking question) and practice of these in the context of celebrations in one's personal life and culture


Abc Speaking task
Abc Useful language

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in giving dates and asking questions about a personal calendar.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of asking questions and saying dates.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Write December 12th and December 7th on WB and elicit from Ss why these dates are important in Mexico (Virgin of Guadalupe Day) and Colombia (Candle Day).

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Show G-Slide. Tell Ss they will hear some people talking about dates that are important for them. Ss listen and write in the dates in the date column. Answers: February 14th, March 23rd, May 8th, June 20th, July 15th Ss listen again and complete the notes about why the date is important Answers: Valentine's Day: I send a valentine to my boyfriend and he sends me one; St Patrick's Day: National Day in Ireland; The day I passed my driving test; Father's Day: I always get my dad a card; We're going on holiday.

Useful Language (12-14 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Stage 1 Meaning 1. Share G-Jamboard. Ask Ss to categorize the expressions according to whether they are a) Explaining your calendar or b) questions. Answers: a) Explaining your calendar - I put February 14th; This is a most important date in (Ireland); May 8th is a day I'll never forget; I think it's the 20th this year; I wrote July 15th because we're going on holiday; In (Mexico), ... is a very important date because ... b) Questions - What do you usually do on ...? Why did you put ...? Why is important to you? 2. Ask Ss to look at the audio script and put a tick next to the expressions in they see. Answers: I put February 14th ✓; This is a most important date in (Ireland) ✓; May 8th is a day I'll never forget ✓; I think it's the 20th this year ✓; I wrote July 15th because we're going on holiday ✓; Stages 2 & 3 Form and pronunciation Form 1. Ask Ss to listen as you play the audio and Ss complete gaps in questions and responses. What do you usually do __ February __? I always send my boyfriend a valentine ... and __ sends __ one too. Answers: What do you usually do on February 14th? I always send my boyfriend a valentine ... and he sends me one too. Model, ask Ss how many syllables and drill usually /ˈjuː.ʒu.ə.li/ February /ˈər.i/ 2. Ask Ss to put sticky notes with the numbers in the correct column according to the stress pattern. Do fortieth (Ooo) as and fourteenth (oOo) as a demo. Play second part of the audio. Thirtieth (Ooo), Fifteenth (oOo), Fiftieth (Ooo), Thirteenth (oOo). If time put Ss in pairs to practice asking and answering and to repeat the ordinal numbers.

Productive Task(s) (12-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Display G-Doc. Tell Ss they will work individually. This is your personal calendar. Highlight that each S has their own, labelled. Tell them they should put an important birthday or anniversary or other celebration date (do 14th February Valentine's day as an example.) They should include as many of these days as they can. Elicit other possibilities: an important date in your country (Independence Day, a national holiday, etc.), an important date from your past, a day when you’ve arranged to do something. Monitor and check Ss are doing this, assist Ss with language queries. After 3 stop. Tell Ss they will talk about their personal calendar with one or two other students. Their partner(s) can ask questions. Monitor and check Ss are on task and listen unobtrusively for examples of good language and errors.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ask Ss what was the most interesting thing they found out? Praise good use of useful expression and give DEC on ordinal numbers and months and dates

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