To review and extend students' awareness of present tenses (simple, continuous and perfect) and related time phrases, and to give controlled and freer practice in them, in the context of family and family history
To give students practice in speaking for fluency.
Procedure (24-41 minutes)
Focus students on the time phrases in exercise 3. Students will work work in pair or in small groups.They will match the time expressions with the tenses from exercise 1.
Prepare three sentences about your family using one of the time-phrases from each of the three boxes in exercise 3. Use these as a model to set up the second part of exercise 3. Students will the work alone to write 3 sentences about their families using the time phrase, again from each box. Monitor and help if needed, but don't interfere. Students will then compare their sentences with their peers. Monitor and check for accuracy (e.g. check the position of the time phrases). If there are any common problems, deal with them in feedback.
Prepare 12 cards each with one of the time-phrases from exercise 3. Make enough sets for students to have one set per group of three. Students place the cards face down in a pile. Students take it in turns to take a card and make a sentence (about themselves or their family). Students should speak, not write. Monitor and note any problems for feedback at the end.
Set exercise 4 as a reading task initially. Make sure students put their pens down. Ask students ''Where is this person originally from?'' ''What does he do now?''. Students will read quickly and answer the questions. Take feedback. The students will work in pairs/small groups to fill in the gaps using appropriate verb forms. Prepare an answer key for feedback. Students will check their answers and the teacher will deal with any problems/questions in feedback.
Do speaking exercise 1 as described. First students choose 4 questions the would be comfortable answering. Perhaps drill a couple of the questions first. Students will work in pairs to interview their partners. If there is enough time left, students can change partners and interview someone else. Take some general feedback.