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How Was Your Weekend


SUBMITTED BY: Adrian Goodhand

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Various textbooks


GRAMMAR: Review - grade 3


DATE ADDED: Feb 20, 2010


50 min. +
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BRIEF OUTLINE: This is an eikaiwa-style lesson that can be used for small to large groups of JHS (grade 3) to HS (grade 1-2) students.



  • HowWasYourWeekend  worksheet - there are two worsheets attached. The second one is for lower-level classes.



  1. Begin the lesson by writing a warm-up question/answer on the board:
    • Q:"What do you like to do on the weekend?"
    • A:"On the weekend I like to _______."
  2. This Q/A is an "A" and "B" dialogue. Call on a few students to fill in the blanks. If you wanted to you could also create another mini dialouge between "A" and "B" along the lines of "What DON'T you like to do on the weekend?" At any rate, practice the mini conversation in a listen and repeat format and then allow the kids to warmup by practicing this short mini conversation with classmates in groups. Encourage expansion and follow-up questions/answers. The teacher(s) should walk around the room and engage the students as well.
  3. Listening:
    • Hand out the worksheet and instruct them to keep their worksheets facedown on the desk but they can take notes on the back of the worksheet if they so choose. Explain to the kids that we will be practicing some listening and that they will hear a short conversation between two friends about the weekend. You will read the conversation two times and they will answer three questions related to the conversation. Write the three questions on the board.
    • After reading the conversation two times, call on kids to ellicit the answers to the questions. For this lesson I usually choose:
      • "Did Jack have a nice weekend?"
      • "Where did he go?"
      • "What did he do there?"
    • After this is done, kids turn over their pages and practice the dialogue in a listen/repeat fashion after the teacher, focusing on natural pronunciation and intonation.
  4. New Words:
    • Explain the new words and phrases and perhaps do some substitution drills and basic listen and repeat practice.
  5. Pronunciation Practice:
    • Draw the students attention to the bold face phrases in the dialouge between Jack and Megan. Write the phrases on the board and ask them if they know how a native speaker might say these phrases. After the deafening silence, show them how it might sound as a native speaker before encouraging them to practice along with you.
  6. Conversation:
    • Students practice the dialogue between Jack and Megan in pairs or however you want to do it. You can call students up to the front or make small groups etc.
  7. The rest of the activities are self-explanatory and can be adapted as group or individual tasks depending on the level of your little mutants and/or size of the class.

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