Kestutis Kestutis

TP8 present/past simple, writing a diary
A1, beginner level


In this lesson Ss will review, compare and practice the use of present and past simple tenses, at the end of the lesson they will write a diary what they did yesterday.


Abc Cut ups answers
Abc Exercises 1,2, 3
Abc Extra activity
Abc Music
Abc Pictures from google

Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of Simple Present and Past Present tenses in the context of daily routines

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a diary in the context of daily routines
  • To practice and improve integrated skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing).


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T sticks several pictures, elicits some basic information about them T tells to the Ss that they will listen 2 songs, one by one, while listening. Ss have to decide whether the song is about the past or the present and why do they think so. T plays songs one by one, gets WC FB, writes some elicited information on the WB. T writes on the board that one song is about the past and another is about the present (now).

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading, writing

T asks Ss when do they use present and past simple tenses and what makes them easier to decide which tense to use. T divides Ss into to 2 groups, tells to Ss that they will play a board rush game, groups will compete with each other. T shows the cut-ups to the Ss, tells that some words are usually used with the present or past simple tenses. Ss have to decide under which tense they should stick the cut-ups on the WB. The team who do it correctly first are the winners. T does demo before the start of the game. Another set of cut-ups, Ss work in 3 groups of 4. T does demo. After matching the words, everybody stands up and sticks the cut ups on the WB. WC FB, T answers the Qs (if there are any).

Useful Language (12-15 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive task

T shows the half folded HO (Ex. 1,2) to the Ss. Ss read the text (1 min.) T asks Ss whether the text is about the present or the past, why do they think so? Ss unfold HO, T does demo with the WC, PW, Ss fill the gaps, check answers in groups, T gives AK, asnwers any Qs. T shows second half folded HO (Ex. 3). Again Ss work in Pairs, check the answers in groups. T gives AK answers Qs

Productive Task(s) (9-11 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

T gives to Ss blank sheets of paper By using previous HO as a guidance, Ss write in their "diaries" about yesterday. After 10 minutes T collects Ss' diaries.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T tells to the Ss that they will choose one of the diaries, but will not show to anyone. Ss mingle, have to find their diaries by talking with each other and telling what they did yesterday. If the S finds his/her diary, s/he takes it back! :) T notice errors (if there are any), highlights on the WB. WC FB, T answers Qs

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