Billie Chamberlain Billie Chamberlain

Upper intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of used to, past simple and would in the context of what we used to do when we were younger

Subsidiary Aims

  • speaking and writing


Lead in (3-5 minutes) • Introduce students to used to

I will show SS a video clip about a man talking about what he used to do when he was young. I will only show the video without any audio so SS have to guess what the topic is about.

Guided Discovery (5-7 minutes) • Find out about meaning

I will ask SS to work on handout 1 individually. I will show them an example: They used to love each other but not anymore. • Did they love each other? Yes. • Do they love each other now? No • Are they still together? No. • Did they have many happy moments or only one happy moment? Many moments. • Is the sentence contrasting a past feeling that is no longer true now? Yes.

Guided Discovery (6-8 minutes) • Find out about form

Task 1: I will ask SS to complete the rule by circling the correct sentence in bold. Example: We use “used to” when we want to A. Contrast the past and the present. B. Contrast the present and the future. Task 2: Put the following sentences in negative form and question form: Tom used to go to parties but he is old now. Negative form: Tom didn't use to go to parties. Question form: Did Tom use to go to parties?

Guided Discovery (2-4 minutes) • Pronunciation

I will drill on pronunciation using a marker sentence.

Controlled practice. • Fill in the blanks using used to vs. simple past

I will give SS a fill in the blank exercise. They check with their peers. I will give an answer key.

Freer Practice (10-15 minutes) • Speaking task

I will show SS handout. I will ask them to find a partner and ask them questions about what they used to do when they were 10 years old. Example: Live/where Where did you use to live? I used to live in Izmi. Now I live in Istanbul.

Freer Practice (5-10 minutes) • Writing

If time allows, I will ask SS to fill in the blanks with information about their childhood memories. I will ask SS to swap papers and share stories. SS have to identify the activities that are similar and the ones that are different.

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