It’s about Time

After a couple of weeks with longer posts, this week’s idea is shorter but equally effective (as well as aesthetic 🙂 ). It’s #eltpics co-curator Sandy Millin’s turn, so I leave you in her hands:


(These ideas are mostly based on the ‘Time‘ set.)

Telling the Time

After teaching students how to tell the time, you could use #eltpics to revise and to push the students a bit more. Here is a collection of clock faces and other ways of telling the time (some are a little small, I’m afraid) with an assortment of different times. It should be a bit of a challenge, as very few of them are nice round numbers like “Two o’clock” or “Quarter to five”. Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Write a list of times and ask students to match them to the images.
  • Students work in pairs/small groups and go through all of the pictures working out how to say the times together.
  • One student says the time and their partner has to identify the photo it is from.

Clocks photo mosaic

1. Clock on Cathedral (@sandymillin), 2. Digital or Analogue time 2 (@SueAnnan), 3. Digital or Analogue time 3 (@SueAnnan), 4. Ariadne~The steam clock (@SueAnnan), 5. night1 (@fionamau), 6. Three extra minutes (@SueAnnan), 7. Alarm clock (@aClilToClimb), 8. Times two (@sandymillin), 9. Znojmo town hall clock (@sandymillin), 10. Jakubska, clock in Brno, Czech Republic (@sandymillin), 11. Digital alarm clock (@aClilToClimb), 12. Painted clock, Mikulov, Czech Republic (@sandymillin), 13. Flat Stanley on a clock (@mrsdkrebs), 14. Train times (@sandymillin), 15. Clockwork (@sandymillin), 16. Big Ben (@aClilToClimb), 17. Next story time (@sandymillin), 18. Guinness Time (@sandymillin), 19. Guiness time, Newcastle (@sandymillin), 20. Time gone wrong (@sandymillin), 21. Flower time (@sandymillin), 22. Clock on Rathaus wall, Chur (@vickyloras), 23. Clock with Roman numerals (@sandymillin), 24. 10:45 (@sandymillin), 25. Selling time (@sandymillin)

Dividing up the day

You could also use pictures to talk about how we divide up the day in English. The images below show morning/sunrise/dawn, noon/midday, evening/sunset/dusk and night.

  • Is this the same way you divide up the day in your language? Do you have other words for different parts of the day? (For example, in Spanish the ‘madrugada’ is roughly equivalent to ‘the early hours’ in English – about 12-3a.m.; in Czech ‘cervanky’, while not a time, is the red sky that you get in the evening)
  • What do you/your family normally do at these times of the day? Is this similar to/different from what is normal in your country?
  • What is your favourite time of the day? Why?

Parts of the day mosaic

1. Sri Lankan sunrise (@CliveSir), 2. Three extra minutes (@SueAnnan), 3. Sunset fishing (@sandymillin), 4. night2 (@fionamau)


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