Lena Kavlak Lena Kavlak

A moment in time
pre-intermediate level


In this lesson learners discuss past continuous in the context of old famous photos


Abc SB handouts

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of past continuous in the context of famous photos description

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about the famous photo in the context of love story
  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice using a text about the people on the photo


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Lokk at the photos. Who are the people? What do you think is happening?

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Read the introduction. Who is Harry Benson? How many years did he work as a photographer? Who did he take photos for? Read the text and match paragraphs 1-3 with photos Clarify the meaning of the words memorable, staff, stones, cabinet

Highlighting (3-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Look at the higligted verbs in paragraph 1. What tense are they? Elicit the Structure. Can you find other examples of Past Continuous in the text? Underline them. Check in pairs.

Clarification (7-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Do you know any other past tense? Students are likely to Remember Past Simple tense. Elicit the form. Find the examples of Past Simple in the text. Elicit the difference between the two tenses. Draw a timeline.

Controlled Practice (15-20 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students do three small excercises from the SB and TB Look at the photo. What can you see? Where are they? What are they doing? Discuss in pairs. Read what photographer says and check your answers What happened to the photo? What happened 30 years later? Listen to the people talking about their photo. Are they still in love? Listen again and mark sentenses True or False. Check in pairs Optional: Complete the centences with at, on, in.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Pairwork. Students get different texts on two different photos, read them ant then show their partner the photo and tell him about it.

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