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PAST SIMPLE: Wasn't - Weren't
Beginner level


In this lesson,students learn about the negative past form of be through quided discovery based on a listening text about shopping in Cairo. The lesson starts with talking about past holidays. This is followed by matching exercise by listening the text.Then there is some controlled practise which request the students to choice the correct form of past the form of be in a reading text.After the execises, there is a semi controlled activity based on complating a the table with notes about their partner's last trip. Finally there is some free practice through making a conversation about the students last trip.


Abc pictures, worksheets, a listening track, coursebook, maps.

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the negative past form of be in the context of past trips

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of past trip
  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about shopping in Cairo in the context of pas


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

T starts the lesson with greeting ss and asking how they are. T tells thats the weather was so hot yesterday so he couldn't sleep. He just remember that he was in London last year and the weather wasn't hot like Terkey. Than T asks the stdents where were they on their last holiday, were they with their family, was the weather good.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T shows picture of cairo city and asks ss what is this. Than T puts map of world on the white board and asks where cairo city is. After that T shows one picture of jackie (she is the lady shopping in Cairo) and asks student what this is. After T pointing the picture and says she get confused to use was/were or wasn't/weren't in her sentences lets help her to get correct sentences.Ss work individual than check answers in pair. Than T gives answer key to ss.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T writes some sentences on the wb which is "it was expencive" and " it wasn't expencive" than asks ss what is different between this 2 sentences and tell me the meaning of sentences. Than T writes on the wb " it was fantastic" and " it were fantastic" than asks ss which one is correct and why.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T writes the negative past form of be which is was not (wasn't) / were not ( weren't).than way to pronouns /ˈwʌz ənt/ - /wɜrnt/ . Then T asks ss listen to the track match the questions with the answers.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T hands out worksheets.T says ss listen to the track jackie answers some more questions T asks ss listen to the track to match the questions with the answers than check answers with your partner.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

T divides ss into As and Bs.T shows worksheets A&B and says there are some questions with the answers about holiday trip. As have quastions sheet Bs have answers sheet. As ask Bs questions and complate the table with notes about Bs trip.Than Bs ask As questions and complate the table with notes about As trip. Then ss compare their trip with their partners and check similarties and differences.

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

Ss practice in pair using was/were sentences by talking about their trip After that whole class feed back.

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