When is your FACE? English poster making

To understand "when is ~ ?" in everyday conversation, and to see the relevance of it when understanding other countries' holidays.

1. Introduce the grammar point: “When is ~ ?” with a short listening activity using holidays.

A worksheet is not required, but it is a good idea to have a reward scheme set in place for volunteers. If you have a quiet class you may want to choose the students randomly from the roll.

The ALT and the OTE have a short and simple conversation about their *fictional* coming weekend. The students need to listen, so make it simple and repeat.

For example:

 ALT: Hey Tomoko/Ms. Tomofuji when is your volleyball game?

OTE: It’s on Saturday. What will you do this weekend?

ALT: I am going to watch the Hanshin Tigers play baseball!

OTE: Super exciting! When is the baseball game?

ALT: It’s on Sunday. You should come too!

This is a basic dialogue, you may wish to make it longer or not repeat depending on your classes English level. After you have finished ask the students questions like:

What will Ms. Tomofuji play on Saturday? When will she play volleyball? What is Bridget going to do to this weekend? When is the baseball game? Who is playing?

2. After you have finished the listening exercise, you will want to introduce the exercise for today. The project is to make “When is ~ ?” posters. So the OTE will have a maximum of five minutes to introduce the grammar point on the board if this has not already been done prior. Then it is time for the ALT and the OTE to show the students an example poster. They get the students to repeat the key phrase after the ALT: “When is Christmas?” With the ALT replying “It’s on the 25th of December. Make sure you repeat this a few times with all students using a super loud voice. Their poster will include a holiday from around the world such as Christmas, Halloween, Thanks giving, St Patrick’s Day,  Easter, etc.

Clarify to the students that they need to include a small calender for the month of their holiday. They also need to decorate their poster to show the season their holiday is celebrated in most countries. It is also very important to include the date where the holiday falls. They have 20 minutes to do this activity! (but this is dependent on you).

To do this project I would get all the students into groups of four and give them coloured A3 paper (you should have access to this at your school). Each group needs to janken to determine who is the leader and then the leader of the group will come up to the front and select a holiday randomly out of a hat or box (which you have prepared by putting pieces of paper with holidays written on into)  

Once the students have a topic they can start.

3. Once the 20 minutes are up the students come to the front and give their poster to the ALT and OTE to put on the board. Then it is quiz time!

The OTE and ALT ask the group of each poster to come up in order 1-9. Each group asks “When is ~ ?”. The students in the audience need to search for that holiday poster on the board and answer as quickly as possible.

Note: they do not physically get up and search, this would be too noisy—they search with their eyes. Also make sure the group that is asking the question does not stand next to their poster. Award points to the team who uses the correct grammar in their answer.

Once all groups have taken a turn, the lesson ends.

Please note, for more advanced classes you could spend a couple of periods on this lesson. You could have the students make posters, using dictionaries and also using the information pages provided as attachments. This is up to the OTE and ALT and is completely dependent on time availability.


This is more of a cultural understanding lesson, and can be used for other levels with different grammar points.

Junior High
attached files, markers, A4 construction paper, a calendar, example poster, topics written on pieces of paper, hat/box