Drew Bassett Drew Bassett

Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the past simple tense and the phonological features of past tense verbs in the context of school days and school memories in the past. The students will practice pronunciation in pairs as well as in choral drilling as an entire class.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for discussing completed actions in the past and the phonological features of past tense verbs in the context of school days

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation and drilling in the context of school days and school memories


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

As a lead-in, I will review the past form for affirmative and interrogative sentences by writing a few words mixed up on the board and having the students create at least one affirmative and one interrogative sentence as a group.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

First, I will tell the students that I "listen-ed" to my favorite music on the way to class tonight. I will purposefully mispronounce this, and ask them if they can tell me the error. I will then go on to discuss the various ways to pronounce regular past tense verbs. At this point, I will put the pronunciation table with examples on the projector and go over the differences in sounds and pronunciation.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

I will give out the handouts at this point and play the recording for them to listen to pronunciation 1. I will have the students work in pairs for pronunciation 2. I will allow them to check their answers by listening to the recording.

Productive Task(s) (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills - speaking

At this point in time, I will ask the students to get up and change partners. I will label each person a number, 1-4, and have them group by numbers. Once the students have been regrouped, I will ask them if they know of any popular TV shows or movies about school? This will be a brief discussion. I will ask them to think about the speaking prompt by asking them if they have any memories of a favorite teacher from their school days. I will have them brainstorm and try to come up with answers to the questions listed there in speaking 2 in order to formulate sentences. I will walk around and monitor as this goes on.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

As the last exercise, I will ask students to share with the class some of the sentences that they wrote. I will make notes of errors on the board and draw attention to the correct form as feedback.

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