Intermediate, Grade 4 level
To practise the difference between the past simple and the past contiuous
To identify key information. To recognise the functions of three narrative sentences (semi-controlled practice)
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
I ask students the following questions: Why do we do interviews? Did you do an interview before? when? What was it about? Did you do an interview before joining the ITI? what do we call the person who asks in the interview? what about the person who answers?
Dear students you are going to listen to interviews. look at the listening activity 1 How many people can you see? Do expect they are interviewers or interviewees? For two minutes look at the activity. Can find what these interviews bout?
Students listen to Andy's interview to get ready to complete the key information from his story.they do the same with the rest of the recording.
I ask students to connect the key information from each person's story. That is done individually then in pairs
students try to answer the following question; When you tell a story, which tense can you use for each of these functions; a) introduce a new topic;b) give the background;c)talk about the main events?
Students ask and answer questions (taken from exercise 1 page 14) In responding they produce two sentences; one in the past cont. and the second in the past simple
I attract their attention to the sentences in the margin eliciting long and short activities. I teach students that the past cont. is for long activities while the past simple is for short ones. they complete the rule individually then in pairs.
I explain that when is followed by past simple and while is followed by the past cont. Then students complete the sentences with one the suitable tense. In pairs they If any of these sentences are true for them or not. I provide a demo.