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National holidays
Beginners level


In this lesson, students will practice the productive skill of speaking, with a sub-skill of listening, in the context of exploring the celebration of national holidays.


Abc Jumbled words on pieces of paper to form Qs
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Colored paper and markers

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in conversations in the context of national holidays.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed listening practice in the context of national holidays through active conversation.


Warm-up/Lead-in (7-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T notes continuation of holiday context from previous two lessons, eliciting and writing "National holidays" on WB. T writes "Questions about" above "National holidays" and 1. to 5. vertically with a question mark at the end of each missing question. Instructions: You are going to ask each other about holidays. I will give you sets of words and you will work in pairs to make each set of words into a question and stick to the board in the right order. Some of the auxiliary verbs need to be corrected to match the subject. I will do an example for you. T models question 1. on WB, posting words and rearranging and correcting verb form. CCQ: Are all the verbs in every sentence correct now? T distributes pieces of paper with one word each (Q form is jumbled). 1. Turkey / have a national holiday / do? it / is / When? 2. you / Do / like this day? 3. What / you / do / usually do / on this day? 4. What / be / some other important dates in Turkey? 5. What / be / your favorite day of the year? T puts Ss into pairs and Ss post their answers. T does error correction on WB.

Exposure (7-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Instructions: Now you will interview a partner using these questions. You have 4 minutes. T switches pairs. After 4 minutes, T does error correction on WB and w/c feedback.

Controlled Practice (6-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T posts Qs on WB. Instructions: Here are some other Qs to ask your partner. Talk for 5 more minutes. • When is the holiday celebrated? • Is it a religious holiday? - Are there specific prayers or blessings that go with the holiday? • What does the holiday stand for? Why is this holiday celebrated? • Is it celebrated as a family or a group? • What do you usually do for this holiday? • Are the banks, post offices or schools closed for this holiday? • Are there special foods connected with the holiday? - What is your favorite holiday food? • Are there special symbols or colors for this holiday? • What other traditions are connected to this holiday? T monitors closely and after 5 minutes, w/c error correction on the WB.

Freer Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

T uses pictures to elicit own fabricated holiday of World Sleep Late Day (when everyone is encouraged to stay in bed until at least 10am). Instructions: Ask me Qs about my holiday. Use these Qs (on WB). T takes questions and error corrects for 2-3 minutes.

Free Practice (14-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

T removes Qs from WB. Instructions: In groups of 3, you will create a new holiday. Think of a special day you would like to celebrate like my Sleep Late Day. Ask each other Qs about this holiday. When you decide on the details, you will create a poster for the holiday. It should have drawings and a few written details about the day. Choose one person to draw and one or two people to write. CCQ: Are you going to make a poster for a holiday you already celebrate or a new one? ICQ: Are you each going to make a poster on your own or work in groups? T groups Ss and distributes paper and markers. ICQ/CCQ: Are you going to ask each other questions to learn about their holiday? T monitors and after 10-12 minutes, T does error correction on WB. Ss share posters on WB.

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