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regular past simple
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson students learn to used regular past simple and talk about their past. The lesson starts with a matching activity for learning vocabulary. Then it is continued with controlled practice activities. Finally, learners make sentences and talk about their past.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of regular simple past in the context of past actions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a freeer practice activity in the context of a buying something


Warmer (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I just come to the class and say hello to my students and ask some questions such as "How are you today?", " Are you fine?" to give them a positive feeling to start the class.

Exposure (2-3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I ask the learners to match some pictures with the sentences (regular simple past) on the board.

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I elicit that all the verbs are in past and they take ed at the end.

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

When the pictures are matched with the sentences on the board and the feedback is done, I ask some CCQs to clarify the meaning. For instance, 'did he start in the past or present?'. Then I analyze the form that these verbs take ed. Then I drill their pronunciation and how we pronounce them. Learners are aske to answer three short questions to make sure they have understood the meaning and form.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students are given some verbs and they are asked to write them in simple past tense in pairs. Then they come to the board and write the answers on the board. Then they check whether theri answers are correct or not.

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

Five jumbled sentences are on the wall and students stand up, read them and unjumble them. Then check with a partner and the answer key is given to them.

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

A time line is drawn on the board and then I tell the learners about my self and what I did from 2010 to 2016 and I model three sentences about myself. Then I ask them to write 3 sentences about themselves and then they check each others' sentences. They correct their partners' sentences and then they read their sentences for new partners. One or two students read their sentences to the class and finally delayed error correction is done on the board.

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