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Teaching Practice 6
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about how to use 'used to' for past habits through guided discovery based on a reading text about cars. The lesson starts with a discussion about past habits. This is followed by looking the text again and exposing to target language. After then, students will be provided some activities for production of target language.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of 'used to' for past habits in the context of cars.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice for accuracy in a conversation in the context of past habits.


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

- Show students old Istanbul picture. -Ask them to guess what the life is like in old days - Show students a new Istanbul picture - Elicit the meaning

Exposure and Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language and draw students' attention to the target language through the text of 'My first car'

- Ask students to look at the text again. - Ask them which tense or tenses the text has mostly. -Tell students to find all 'used to' structures in the text and underline them in a minute. - After students underline the structures, write the sentence

Clarification of meaning,form and use of the target language (12-13 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

-Ask students these questions to check the meaning. * Are they driving out of town now? (no) * Did they drive out of town in the past? ( yes) * Is it one single action or repeated action in the past? (repeated) - Ask students these questions to check the form. * What do we use for things that happened in the past but not true in the present? (used to) * What comes after 'used to' ? - Drill 'used to' individually and chorally. -Ask students to work in pairs and give the instructions for activity 1 to check the meaning again. - Ask students to guess the negative form of 'used to' -Ask students to guess the question form of 'used to' - Clarify the negative and question forms of the 'used to'

Controlled Practice (6-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- Ask students work in pairs and look at the sentences in the exercise 2. - Tell them replace the past simple with 'used to/ didn't use to' where it is possible - Give feedback

Free Practice (11-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Ask students to work in the groups of 3 - Tell them to think of their life and compare their life now with their life ten years ago. - Set the time limit -Monitor the students

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