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St Patrick's Day

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 80 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B1, B2


Learning goals

  • Understand and respond to an article about a major festival
  • Use a variety of reading strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Correctly answer questions about Ireland
  • Read a text about St Patrick's Day and answer comprehension questions about it
  • Conjugate verbs in the past simple and present perfect tenses
  • Research and answer questions about St Patrick's Day
  • Pronounce some common Irish names

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Activities (15)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

Culture note
The island of Ireland is actually made up of two separate countries. It was all part of the United Kingdom until 1921 when it was partitioned into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which remained part of the UK. The Republic makes up the majority of the island's land mass and population.

 

Facts about Ireland 1

Facts about Ireland 1

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video about Ireland and answer the questions in Facts about Ireland 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the students to Ireland and Irish culture. Have students watch the video and try to remember as many facts as possible for the quiz in Facts about Ireland 2.

 

Facts about Ireland 2

Facts about Ireland 2

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

What can you remember about the video? Decide whether the statements are 'True', 'False', or 'Not given'.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check students' basic knowledge of the Republic of Ireland.

Put students in pairs and have them answer the questions about the video. Encourage students to guess if they are unsure of the answers. The aim of this activity is to generate discussion. It is not important if students get the answers wrong.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Look online or in a dictionary to find the meanings of the words in bold.
Then discuss the questions with another student.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to pre-teach some of the language in the text.

 

Main Ideas

Main Ideas

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Quickly read the text and choose the best heading to describe each paragraph.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to read the text and find the main themes. Tell students to skim read the article and drop the headings into the appropriate gaps.

If necessary, explain how to skim.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the article again and choose the correct answers.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to read the article in detail to understand more about St Patrick's Day and Ireland.

Tell students not to use their dictionaries.

 

Language: Tenses

Language: Tenses

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Read the reference material 'Review of simple past and present perfect verb tenses' and choose the correct answer to each question.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to be able to distinguish the forms and uses of the simple past and present perfect tenses.

 

Simple past

Simple past

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

You may wish to send this activity to students if you need to provide them with more information about recognizing and forming the simple past.

 

Present perfect

Present perfect

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

You may wish to send this activity to students if you need to provide them with more information about recognizing and forming the present perfect.

 

Practice: Tenses

Practice: Tenses

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Fill the gaps with the correct verbs to complete the sentences. Make sure you change the verb form to simple past or present perfect.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to review key vocabulary and practise past simple and present perfect conjugation.

This is a different topic from the first text in this lesson, but it continues the theme of national saints.

 

Apply: Tenses

Apply: Tenses

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Pair, Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice practice conjugating verb forms in the simple past and present perfect.

Refer students back to the tense review article or the reference pages on the tenses if they need additional support.

 

Research

Research

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to allow students to extend their knowledge of St Patrick's Day and to express their own ideas about it.

Have them search online to find out the information. Have each pair present what they found to another pair.

 

Irish pronunciation 1

Irish pronunciation 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the Irish language.

Have students discuss the names in pairs. If there's time, have pairs share their answers with the whole class.

 

Irish pronunciation 2

Irish pronunciation 2

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and check your pronunciations.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check the pronunciation of the names in Irish pronunciation 1.

The Irish language is pronounced phonetically, so all spellings correspond to a set pronunciation. Have students discuss whether they can see any patterns to the letters and pronunciations. A guide to Irish pronunciation rules can be found at:

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on the objectives of the lesson and whether they were achieved.

 
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