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Past simple
Elementary level


In this lesson the SS will learn about the past simple through guided discovery based on a reading text about James Bond. The lesson starts with a warm up activity and some questions about James Bond followed by a reading text about James Bond. The SS will discover the negative form of past simple. Finally the SS will have a controlled practice on reformation of questions followed by a freer practice on speaking.


Abc Face to face Elementary Student's Book pg. 54
Abc Face to face Elementary Student's Book pg. 55
Abc Face to face Elementary Student's Book pg. 137

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the negative form of past simple

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation using the past simple


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • to provide an active beginning to the lesson and activate SS schemata.

- Ask some questions about James Bond. - Elicit the meaning of 'secret agent'. - Students work in groups and think of all the things they know about James Bond. - Students share their ideas. Mention that 007 is pronounced 'double oh seven'.

Exposure (10-15 minutes) • to focus on language in a text.

- Students read for gist and choose the best title. - In Ex.c), SS read the article again and answer the questions 1-6. - Check answers with the class as a whole.

Presentation (10-15 minutes) • to focus on use of language from context.

- In Ex.4, SS complete the rules with 'wasn't' and 'didn't'. - SS check their answers in pg.137. - In ex 6, SS make the sentences negative. - Focus SS attention on the example and show how sentence 1 has been made negative. - SS do the exercise individually and then check their answers in pairs. - Check answers as a whole class.

Practice (10-15 minutes) • to provide freer pactice on negatice form of past simple and provide an oppurtunity for learners to talk about their own experience.

- Give SS handouts. - SS read the sentences, tick the true ones, negate the others and make it true. - Set SS in groups. - Take turns to tell the others about their own weekends.

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