Hande Akar Hande Akar

Used To
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn and practice 'Used To'.


Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Guided Discovery
Abc Writing about past habits

Main Aims

  • To enable students to use ''Used To'' accurately and fluently

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students wtih the opportunity of writing about the their past habits


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students if their life changed in the last ten years or not. Give exampls and then get answers.

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

Show them pictures and ask questions about what they think about the pictures. Get answers. Tell them the story of the woman's life. At the end of the story, ask them if her life changed or not.

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

After telling the story, draw a timeline (before/after - past/now) to elicit. The students first stick words 'Present, Past, Future' then the pictures (related to the story) on the board. Write some sentences on the board. (She was poor. She goes home by bus. She is rich now.) And check if they see we are talking about past habits. Then give them the worksheet in order to elicit the meaning. She used to be rich. She used to live in a small house. Now she lives in a big house. Elicit the meaning by asking CCQs. Elicit the form of the target language. (positive/negative/question)

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Give the worksheet. Monitor closely and check afterwards.

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

Show a picture of a child. And give an example; I used to play outside with my friends when I was a child. Then give them a piece of paper. They write their past habits, what they used to do when they were children. They later check their partners' sentences.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-4 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

If there is a grammatical mistake, T writes the wrong sentence on the board and asks if the sentence is correct or not. Then, shows the correct form.

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