Alialjawad Alialjawad

People who changed the world, Past Simple
Beginner, A1/A2 level


In this lesson, the students will be introduced to past simple, regular and irregular verbs within the context of People who changed the world. They will have also the opportunity to practice this tense in controlled and semi-controlled exercises.


Abc Face2face, Beginner, Course book
Abc Activity book, Face2face
Abc YouTupe

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Past Simple in the context of People who changed the world

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product and process writing practice of a short paragraph in the context of last weekend


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher displays a short film about Nelson Mandela's life to pay the students' attention to the past tense. Students discuss in pairs the topic of the film. The teacher elicits some verbs in both past and presents tenses. Later students will do an easy task to memorise some regular and irregular verbs. The teacher uses Running Dedication technique to do this task. Tow papers will be pasted on the wall and students have to stand up in two lines, beginning from the wall to the desk where the last student sitting and writing down the verbs. The first student will read and whisper the verb in both past and present tense to the student near him and so on to the last one.T clarifies some spelling rules. Ss do FB from the same papers on the wall. The goal is to motivate students to receive and pronounce the verbs unconsciously.

Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher displays three marker sentences from the previous text (Nelson Mandela). He asks some CCQs about the first sentence, then students will answer the CCQs of the second and the third. The teacher does a whole class FB on the board. Students then move to the next task to consolidate the meaning of the target language in GW. T does FB on the borad. The third task is the form of TL. The teacher does one sentence on the board then Ss do the task in GW. T does FB the board. T here clarifies some commen mistakes in the form of past simple.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss are given handouts of a filling gaps exercise, Ss have to do it individually and then check in pairs. T does FB on the board.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Ss are given scraps of a paragraph. They have to arrange these scraps in small groups. T gives them FB on the board. It will be a preparing step for the next freer writing task.

Free Practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

T writes about ten verbs on the board and gives some instructions for the freer task and then T asks students to write a short paragraph about their last weekend. T waits five minutes and then corrects some errors to some paragraphs.

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