This is a writing and speaking activity using the silent-method to practise the vocabulary of daily routines, present simple and telling the time.

This is a simple activity with lots of repetition which is ideal for lower levels. The use of the silent method by the teacher throughout the activity will encourage students to be less inhibited about their own miming.

Preparation
Before going into class try to get

  • a toy clock
  • a list of 10-15 sentences of your daily routine with times, e.g. I wake up at 7.30, I have a shower at 7.45, etc.

Procedure

  • Mime the daily routine sentence by sentence following the list and using the clock to indicate the time. Elicit the full sentence from the students as you do each mime e.g. ‘You wake up at 7.30.'
  • Mime the whole day in order of time eliciting full forms throughout.
  • Mime the instructions for students to write down as many sentences as they can remember in pairs. Set a time limit of 5-10 minutes.
  • Let the students compare answers with your original list and say how many correct sentences they have.
  • Ask your students to write down their daily routines individually.
  • Working in pairs one student mimes his/her daily routine to their partner who says the sentences. Encourage the students who mime not to speak. Ask the students to change roles and repeat the exercise.
  • Ask the students to write down each other's daily routines. Set a time limit of 5-10 minutes.
  • Ask the students to check with their partners to see how many correct sentences they have. The student with the most correct answers is the winner.
Author: 
Jo Adkin and Jeff Fowler, British Council, Naples
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