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Present Simple Tense, Functional language of telephone numbers
Beginner A1 level


In this lesson, students learn about the functional language of telephone numbers based on listening tasks and speaking activities. The lesson starts with greeting and then practicing numbers. This is followed by a listening activity where students listen and match the conversations to the pictures in the coursebook. Then, students learn how to ask for and say phone numbers. Finally, there is some controlled practice through intonation and making full sentence and free practice via a final card game.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification


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

I start with practicing greeting and ask them to chat with their partner for a while.

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

Then I choose some volunteers who can count from one to twenty. I get their feedback writing numbers on the board. Then we practice pronunciation of the numbers and stress.

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

I demonstrate the listening task about matching. They listen to the conversations and match them to the pictures in the cousebook. Then I write the question 'What is your phone number?' on the WB and ask one of the students his/her telephone number.

Planning (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to plan students' reports

Students work in pairs to learn each other's telephone numbers. They note the number on a piece of paper. Then they listen to a dialogue to check if the listening is similar to their conversations.

Language Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

I write grammar points on the board to help students to make a full sentence. They report how they ask for a telephone number and how they answer it with a full sentence. For example: My phone number is... It is...

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

I divide the class into groups of three and explain to students that they are going to play a card game to practice saying telephone numbers. There will be pictures of mobile, work and home in a pile and different telephone numbers in the other pile. Then, I ask the students to choose three pictures and three numbers and explain that if they don't have the picture that a student asks for, they say 'Sorry, I don't have one.'

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