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Dates: Writing the date

Uploaded by Julie Alexander, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)


In this routine introduction to their English session, this class of primary school EFL learners (9-10 years old) is working on the date: today, yesterday and tomorrow. One learner comes to the board to write the next day's date using the pen tool and the labels for days, months, and years on the page, saying each word aloud with help from the teacher. Another learner then repeats the next day's date as written on the board. At the end of the English class, the teacher redisplays the IWB page with the date written by the learner, for the class to copy into their notebooks.



Target language: English

Resource language: English

Native language of learners: French

Age range: 9+

Language level: A1 - beginner

Educational context: Primary Education

IWB Features: Drag & drop, Writing/pen tool (inc. handwriting recognition)

Teaching methods: Individual activity at IWB

Language area: Pronunciation, Writing

IWB board used: Promethean

Teacher comment

On a fait les rituels sur la date et tout ça "what's the date today, tomorrow and yesterday" donc en fait ils doivent glisser les images aussi les petites étiquettes
We have an introductory routine with the date and so on: what's the date today, tomorrow, and yesterday? so they have to drag the pictures and the little labels.
[…] voilà la date et après on fait je crois que j'avais fait euh les enfants who is missing today donc pareil c'est surtout pour travailler le is et le are tu vois quand il y a des absents
That's it the date, and then I think I did the children who are missing today, so for the same reason: it's to work on "is" and "are" you see when learners are absent
[…] donc après on avait fait euh les enfants qui euh qui mangent à la maison et qui mangent à l'école
Then afterwards we did the children who have lunch at home and the ones who eat at school
[…] normalement après on fait l'addition quatorze plus six combien ça fait et puis on rajoute
Usually then we do the sum: fourteen plus six, how many is that and we do the addition

Learner comments

les jours de la semaine, la date, on les marquait avec la virgule après le jour et c'est pas comme en français parce qu'il y a le mois de décembre qui est avant. Et il y a toujours des majuscules 
The days of the week, the date, you write them with a comma after the day, and it's not like in French because there's the month of December that comes first.  And there are always capital letters.

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