This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at upper intermediate level explores the theme of St. Patrick's Day. Students will build their knowledge of this day and develop reading and speaking skills.


The aim of this lesson is to give students practice in reading an article about St. Patrick's Day for specific information and then the opportunity to talk about the customs and traditions of their own country's national day.
The plan is based around a text from the British Council LearnEnglish Central website at:

The webpage also has a variety of online interactive activities.
We have also included the text for students and teachers without Internet access in class.


Saint Patrick's Day


Upper Intermediate


60-90 mins


  • To give practice in reading an article about St.Patrick's Day for specific information
  • To talk about the customs and traditions of their own country's national day


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

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Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Comprehension questions
  • Complete text

Download worksheet 81k pdf

For more information about this topic you can visit these British Council and BBC sites:

Alastair Bassett, Senior Teacher, Trainer, British Council Prague


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