1st Day School Calendar to Get Organized

We are offering you a digital calendar to start the academic year with. It serves two purposes:

  • getting organized with your new students for activities, presentations, tutorials, etc.
  • working actively with dates and numbers in a real context.

You can see the calendar below in JPG, and if you download the PDF and the DOC files you will see the entire page that you can customize to suit your needs by typing in the necessary information:

(*Customize the parts in capital letters)

*TYPE NAME OF SCHOOL HERE – 1ST Year English Course

Calendar for the School Year 2014/2015 (1ST Term)


Please note that the above calendar may be modified at any time.


Here is the file in PDF to see what it is like.

JPEG - 2 Mb
Calendar to Start the New School Year

Here is the file in DOC that you can customize.

Word - 294.5 kb
2014-15 Calendar 1st Term to Customize in DOC

Speaking Activities

I’d like to give you some suggestions about how to use the calendar in class. Let’s suppose you have class every Friday. You ask the students to color in all the Fridays from September through January. Then you remind them about holidays-vacations and ask them to mark these days with either capital “H” or capital “V” as you wish. They usually smile or laugh a little as they do this. Then together you will mark all the days of the course writing the numbers in the boxes for Fridays: 1,2,3 and so on. This goes very quickly with the teacher speaking and often repeating the instructions.

Then you can have the students work on the expressions:

  • "Day 1 is today September 5th (fifth)",
  • "Day 2 is next week on September 12th (twelfth)",
  • "Day 3 will be on September 19th (nineteenth)",
  • and "Day 4 on September 26th (twenty-sixth)".

You have the students repeat what you say.

Advanced Students

If you have advanced students this will not take much time and will be simply a means of refreshing their knowledge about dates or the fact that you say “Day 1” without an article and 12th (twelfth) with an ordinal.

Then you will go on to having the students sign up for the first major activity you assign—in our case a tutorial or “one-on-one session with the teacher in the form of a student presentation. If the students now have their calendars ready and also have a sign up sheet in their booklets they can choose the dates of their activities on a first come first served basis. You can of course have a sign up sheets projected on a screen from your computer and type in their names. The students when called upon will have to say:

  • “I choose Day 3 on September 19th (nineteenth) and my name is…”
  • “I choose Day 5 on October 10th (tenth) and my name is…”
  • …and so on.

The teacher just writes the names on the sign-up sheet or types the names on the computer to be shown on the screen.

Here is a sign-up sheet in PDF.

PDF - 99.2 kb
Chart Sign up sheet PDF

Here is a sign-up sheet in DOC that you can customize.

Word - 66.5 kb
Chart Sign Up Sheet DOC

We only do this at the very beginning of the year, or with students we have never had before. In that case it takes a little longer; but when you get the same group or many students who have already done this with another teacher, you will see it goes very quickly. For the signing-up later on in the year you can just pass around a sheet and the students will quietly choose their dates from their calendar (in their booklets) and place their names next to the dates that suit them. It is best to post the sign-up sheets in the classroom or some place where students can check them out of class time.

Free oral drills on iTunes

Don’t forget to check out our four series of podcasts with oral drills and interactive exercises on iTunes. Go to our home page to get the right links or type my name Marianne Raynaud" into the search box on iTunes. You can also go to iTunes / Podcasts / Education / Language Learning where you will see these podcast series ranked among the top 200 in a great many countries. As they are free, you can assign them as "oral homework" for your students. They are sure to progress in their speaking skills.

Good luck to you with the coming school year!

I hope this calendar and sign up sheet plus my suggestions for speaking activities will be of value to teachers starting out in the profession or even professionals with many years behind them. If you have a group of teachers working together on a similar personalized program, you will see that the calendars will really help you get organized. More information is to be found in "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book" available on this web site. There is also a downloadable lighter version. Just go to the store

Best regards,
Marianne Raynaud

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