Tag: Telling time

How to Teach Telling Time in English
How to Teach Telling Time in English

Here I hope to teach my students tell the time in English using both digital and analogue clocks.
This set of materials contains two videos, two speaking activities and a graphic organiser.

Three activities that worked very well this week
Three activities that worked very well this week

In this post, I would like to share three activities that stood out in my teaching this week. They worked very well and I think that my students learned a lot from them. I hope you will find them useful and entertaining, too.
The first activity is a speaking activity where students use relative clauses. I used this activity with my teen students who are at pre-intermediate level and they liked it and they produced a lot of English.
[showmyads] The second activity is a vocabulary revision activity. I used it with my third and fourth year and I was glad that I could revise all the vocabulary and grammar in a way that the students enjoyed.
The third activity helped my fifth-year students learn how to tell time in English.

Relative Clauses – Speaking

It is very difficult to make teenagers speak. No matter how interesting a topic might seem most of the students get out of their way to finish the conversation as soon as possible or they swap into their mother tongue.
If I try to solve the problem by giving them some time to prepare, they get easily distracted and the results are poor.
Knowing all of this I came up with a different kind of preparation this time. I created the following worksheet.

As you can see there are sentences and students should fill them in with the information which is true for them. The students provide just the information and the worksheet provides the language which should be practised.
It took about ten minutes for the students to complete the worksheet. When they finished I asked them to work in pairs. In their pairs they read their sentences to their partners.
Then they changed partners and read their texts again. When they finished I asked them to throw the worksheets away. I changed the pairs again but this time I had written the following on the board:

  • MUSIC +-
  • PEOPLE +-
  • ANIMALS +-

Now the students had to speak about these things but without the worksheets. And the did. And surprisingly they used language which was very similar to the one they had been used in the worksheet.
The whole activity took about 35 minutes and the students used and produced a lot of English and used the relative clauses. It made me really happy.

Vocabulary revision

I often feel that I do not revise enough. I teach something, my students know it, we revise but the students forget incredibly quickly. They need to revise more. But they don’t want to. They don’t like doing things again and again.

That is why I decided to concentrate on revising this year. I try to devise activities my students would enjoy doing repeatedly. The following activity is very simple and it worked with Years 3 and 4.

It is very simple. Seat students in pairs. Play the following video and one student asks: “What´s this?” and the other answers “It´s a …” and the thing they see in the video. Once the video starts to flash, a new picture will appear soon.

Each picture is shown for ten seconds, however, it is no problem to play the video faster. Just go to the settings in the lower right corner and set the speed to a higher number.

It is a good idea to revise first with the whole class. Just play the video and ask the question “What´s this?” yourself. The students answer and as each picture lasts 10 seconds you have ample time to correct the students and help them if necessary.

Telling time

It is not easy to teach students tell the time in English. I love using the following resources – TELLING TIME IN ENGLISH. They work perfectly and even the weakest students learn to tell the time (supposing they can use the infographic).

However, these activities work only as long as we use digital time. At the moment the students see a watch with hands, they are lost.

I spent a lot of time wondering whether there is a way to help my students with the hands. And then I realised that the language is not arbitrary. It reflects reality. Look at the pictures below.

The hands clearly show what words people should use. The big hand shows what words we should say at the beginning (you need to learn the phrases from the infographic at TELLING TIME). And the small hand tells us the hour. We use the number the small hand is closer to.
See the examples below.

Ten past ten (the small hand is close between 10 and 11 but closer to 10)

Ten past ten (the small hand is close between 10 and 11 but closer to 10)

Five to three (the small hand is close to three)

And to practise telling the time in English, I created the following video. Play the video and students tell the time. The correct answer appears after seven seconds.

The End

I hope you like the activities and that you use them in your classes. Moreover, I hope that they will work for you and your students as well as they worked for mine.

You can find some more useful activities at the British Council site.

Telling time
Telling time

A few days ago Tekhnologic published a wonderful post on Telling time in English. What I liked immediately was the powerpoint presentation which was capable of showing the time on a clock with hands. I asked for a permission to modify the presentation and use it on my blog which was kindly granted.

In this post you can see the result of the cooperation between Engames and Tekhnologic. The post contains the modifie powerpoint presentation, a video, a mind map and a quiz to help you teach telling time in English.

Telling time in English – infographic

I have created the following infographic for the post the first post on telling time. As it proved incredibly useful form my students I will place it here again.
[showmyads] Telling the time mind map

Print out the image and hand it out to your students and teach them how to use it. You can find the details how to use the infographic at Telling time in English.

Telling time – powerpoint presentation

And now comes the time to use the awesome powerpoint by Tekhnologic. It is superb for checking that the students understand how to say the time. You can dowload either the Powerpoint presentation or you can use the HTML5 one and use it online. It is up to you.
Presentation in HTML 5
Presentation – PPT

Telling time – How to use the presentation

I suggest the following way to use the presentation. First use the first slide and demonstrate the times by clicking the buttons on the right. Emphasize that if you click a blue button you have to choose the hour-1.

Once you feel that your students understand the concept hand out the following worksheet.
clock dials

You can download the full image here:
Clock dials – full image

Now display the second slide and ask the students to draw the hands into the worksheet. Then ask one of the students to click the right time on the screen. The others check their answers. Go on like this with all the other slides but the last one.
[showmyadsa] The last slide should serve as a way of practising. You can make up a time and then display it on the last slide. Or you can ask the students to work in pairs and make up some times and then dictate them to their partners who should draw the hands into the worksheet. It is up to you.

You will find some more wonderful ideas at Tekhnologic website here.

Telling time – Quiz

The following quiz is in HTML5 and your students can do it either at school or at home or on their mobile devices. The quiz will play on all of them.

Click the buttons below and then you have to click on the two correct hands to form the given time.
Telling time – quiz

Telling Time – additional activity

I seldom append my posts, but this time I felt that I have to add an activity. After doing all the activities above in my class, I realised that I would love to have there a simple quiz which all the students could do. So I created the following video.

Print the picture with the clock dials and ask the students to watch the video and draw the hands. There are sounds which tell the students when a new time appears and when they can check their solutions. The activity went really well. I hope you will find it useful too.

Telling Time – links

You can find several extremely useful activities at British Council site. Enjoy.