Oussama Bassrawy Oussama Bassrawy

who were they?, past simple using was and were.
beginners A1 level


in this lesson students will learn using was and were 'past simple' through guided discovery in the context of some famous characters of the world. students first will be shown some pictures to learn some vocabularies about jobs, then they will ask and answer some questions about these people. later they will learn the negative form of was and were, before they start the free activity which is going to be 'find someone who'.


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Main Aims

  • To provide students with activities to practice was and were uses 'past simple' through the context of celebrities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to provide students with some vocabularies and speaking activities.


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

T shows ss some pictures of some famous people they are familiar with, and elicits from them what were or are these people's jobs, try to elicit the words; singer, writer, politician, musician, artist. racing driver, actor, and princess, drill them and practice them. later show them other pictures for other famous people and let them guess who were these people

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

after they guess the who are the people in the pictures, tell them that i was born in 1991 then ask them about their birthday, listen to some students, then ask them again about the people in the pictures if they have any information about them, definitely the answer will be No. ask them to listen to an audio and find out the date of birth of those people, after listening for the first time, ask them to work in pairs and see if they they have the same answers, then ask them to listen again, after that ask them for their answers.

Highlighting (3-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

after they find out the day of birth for all the people in the picture, I will ask them these three question about one of those people; who was Shakespeare ? where was he born? when was he born? elicit the answer from students, then drill and practice the three questions then write them on the board.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

after practicing the sentences ask students to work in pairs to ask and answer the same questions for all the other pictures, but before that ask one student or two to come to the board and model it before starting the activity. keep monitoring in this stage and give help to weak students.

clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

show students two pictures of two very famous people with some wrong information on, try to elicit from students the negative form of was and were. write the two sentences on the board, draw students' attention to the negative form, drill it and take care of the contraction form for was and were + not. pay attention to the weak form of was and were in positive sentences and the strong form in negative sentences.

controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with controlled practice of the target language

ask students to answer the exercise 5 on page 67, then work together and check their answers before showing them the answers on the board. then ask them to work in pairs and ask and answer the question to practice the pronunciation of the sentences in both negative and positive way.

free practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

give students a sheet of paper with some questions "find someone who " ask them to go around the class and ask each other the questions. each students should meet at least three students. monitor and fb then end.

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