Mahboobeh Mahboobeh

"used to" lesson
Intermediate, Grade 6, B2 level


In this lesson, students learn about the meaning and application of "used to" in English language. The lesson starts with telling a personal story by the teacher about one of her old friends. This is followed by eliciting some sentences about her friend's habits in the past by showing some pictures.Then, students do drills including repetition, substitution and transformation.Next, students practice making new sentences through showing some pictures by the teacher. Finally, students have a short conversation about one of their habits in the past. Then, they describe their friends habits for the teacher.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of "used to" in the context of a real situation.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with a listening as well as speaking practice.


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

Students listen to a personal story by their about one of her old friends.

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

In fact, exposure is provided by listening and giving examples.

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

Highiighting is provided through doing drills.

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

In the presentation part, the meaning, form and pronunciation of "used to" are clarified.

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

Provide students with doing drills.

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

showing students some pictures to make new sentences with "used to".

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

Having students to speak about one of their habit in pairs.

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