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TP8 Travelling
Elementary level


In this lesson students learn about the past simple irregular verbs in the context of travelling and holidays. They use the verbs in controlled practice and then in freer practice


Main Aims

  • To introduce and give Ss semi-controlled and freer practice in using past simple irregular verbs in the context of talking about travelling and holidays

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in writing using the TL learnt in the context of talking about travelling and holidays


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Play hangman on the board to ascertain the topic for the lesson which is irregular verbs. Ss say letters of the alphabet and I put them on the board in the right places until the words appear.

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

Ss read the text and underline the words that are past simple irregular verbs. Give an example for clarification. Find a word. Is this the past simple? Yes. Is it regular? No. So underline it. Peer check for confidence and support of weaker students. Feedback- Ss come up and underline on the enlarged text. Model the words and drill for pronunciation.

Useful Language (9-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Take a positive and negative sentence from the text. Start writing the positive and elicit the rest from the Ss. Is this positive? Yes Is it now? No Is it in the past? Yes. Start writing the negative and elicit the rest from the Ss. Is this positive? No Show the breakdown of the form. subject + past simple and subject + didn't + infinitive

Productive Task(s) (9-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ss match the given past simple of the irregular verbs from the previous text to their infinitive form. Monitor for help needed. Peer check for support and confidence. Monitor for pronunciation errors Feedback- Nominate Ss to comeand write their answers on the board Model and drill any words that were mispronounced. Ss fill the gaps with the past simple form of the verb in brackets using the list of irregular verbs given. This can be done in pairs. Monitor for pronunciation errors. Feedback- Nominated students give the answers. Model and drill any words pronounced incorrectly during monitoring.

Freer Practice (11-12 minutes) • To give students the opportunity to use the target language learnt in writing about a holiday

Ss write about their last holiday using the questions given for ideas. Monitor for vocabulary help needed and written errors. Ss swap papers and read each other's stories. Give opinions on what you have read.

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

Model and drill pronunciation errors from the talking task. Answer any questions.

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