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Teaching Practice 4 - Young Learners
Elementary, A2, 12-13 years old level


In this lesson, Ss learn about the past simple of -be through guided discovery based on a reading text about four teenagers talking about where they were last Saturday. The lesson starts with Ss' guessing suggestions about the T's holiday destination and the four teenagers' stories. This is followed by listening/reading texts which expose Ss more to the TL. Finally, there is some controlled, semi-controlled and free speaking practice activities.


Abc Language analysis
Abc 4 teenagers' pictures
Abc Hawaii pictures
Abc Listening Ex 1
Abc Table on the WB

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the past simple of -be in the context of teenagers talking about where they were last Saturday

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in conversations in the context of talking about where we were last Saturday


Warm up (4-5 minutes) • to set lesson context and engage Ss through a low-stress/familiar class activity

1 T diplays pictures of her last holiday destination on the WB and asks Ss to give her words, eliciting "island" (`island` links to their previous lesson's topic), "holiday", by plane etc. 2 T says "in July, last month (T uses gestures to refer to the past), I was on holiday on this beautiful island in Hawaii with my family", where "were" you in July? 3 T asks Ss to ask the same Q in pairs

Presentation (10-12 minutes) • to introduce the new language

1 T diplays pictures of the four teenagers and places on the WB. “Now, let' s have a look at this picture. What can you see?” Elicit 'teenagers, places'. 2 “On Saturday mornings Helena and her friends are normally at the sports centre BUT LAST (uses gestures to show she is referring to the past) Saturday they weren’t THERE”. “With a partner, look at these places down here and guess WHO WAS WHERE last Saturday" 3 Now, let’s check if your guesses were correct. CD 1.44. Listen and match the people to the pictures a-d. Ss check their answers in pairs, then from the answer key on the WB (1b-2d-3c-4a) 4 “Ok, so last week Helena WAS… in Manchester” T writes the model sentence on the WB. What about George? T elicits “George wasn’t on a holiday” T writes on the WB highlighting WAS WASN’T in red.

Language Analysis (5-6 minutes) • to clarify the new language

1 T checks meaning (on the WB Helena was in Manchester last Saturday): Is this sentence about the present, the past or the future? (the past) Is she in Manchester now? (maybe, but probably not) Was she in Manchester in the past? (yes) When? (last Saturday) 2 T drills pronunciation with DENYING DRILL: “Where were you yesterday? Elicits ITI. Well, your mother called me. She said you weren`t at ITI yesterday. She is asking you Qs, you have to deny/say no using two-word answer. T: You were out of school! Ss: I wasn’t! /ˈwɒz.ənt/ T: You were in the shopping mall! Ss: I wasn’t! T: Your friends were at the shopping mall! Ss: They weren’t! /wɜːnt/ T: You were all rude to the shopkeepers! Ss: We weren’t!

Practice Activity 1 (5-6 minutes) • to practise the new language in controlled speaking activity

1 T makes a chart on the WB with two columns (places/name: at home, out/at a friend's house-T’s name) "Now, let's talk about us. Where were we last Saturday?" . "Was I at home or out? Let me think. I was out" T completes the first one about herself. "In pairs, ask your partner `WHERE were you LAST weekend?" (PW) 2 Now, tell me about your partner. Model 'Angela was at home' T fills in the table with the info given by the Ss. 'So, x wasn't at home. Who else wasn't at home? T makes sure Ss use the negative form. (S-class)

Practice Activity 2 (6-8 minutes) • to practise the new language in less controlled speaking practice

1 T changes groups (sea, river, ocean, lake, cove) 2 T displays some phrases naming different locations on the WB (at the cinema, at the park, at the seaside, on the hill, at McDonalds, at the shops). 3 T introduces the next activity topic asking Ss whether they have got a mobile phone and how they feel when noone answers; `Does it happen to you, you call someone but no answer!!!"? How do you feel about this?` T writes this sample dialogue on the WB: A. Yesterday I phoned at …o’clock- no answer. Where WERE you? B. I was… 4 (Role-Play) T asks Ss to act out the dialogue giving different explainations for different times of the day “I was in the bath” “I was at ITI” T monitors, takes note of the common errors, if any.

Feedback/Delayed error correction (2-3 minutes) • to check and correct common errors

T writes on the WB some example of good language, and some which needs correction. If necessary, drills the pronunciation, the negative or the question form.

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