Maher Maher

TP4 - Past simple question forms
Elementary, A2 level


In this lesson students will practise the past simple irregular verbs using the question forms with Did and Was/Were. They will notice language in a text, listen for specific information and practise question forms.


Abc New Headway Elementary Student's book. p.54-55
Abc verb cards
Abc audio set
Abc pictures
Abc answer key
Abc cut-up question cards
Abc handout
Abc WB

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, learners will have had practice of the past simple question forms using irregular verbs in the context of people's lives.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about past events in the context of people's lives.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show the ss some pictures of the people in the text and try to elicit as much information from them as possible. For example: Who is he/she? What does he/she do? Is he/she still alive today/now? Draw their attention to the fact that all these people were very important in the past, especially in the 1980's.

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

I will give the ss enlarged HOs and verb cards. Give instructions; Tell them that they will work in groups of 3/4. Tell them that They will listen to a recording and use the verb cards to complete the text. ICQs: -Are you going to write? (No) - What are you going to do? (match the verb cards...) If I see that some ss are still struggling to understand what they are suppose to do, I will demonstrate the first couple of verbs. Play the recording twice, if necessary. Ask ss to move and check the answers of the group next to them. (At this time, I will be monitoring to check if there are any mistakes) As feedback I will give ss a HO with answer key to check their answers and to keep record of today's activities.

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

(Ex4) This activity will be dealt with as a game. I will devide the ss into 3/4 groups. I will give them the same cut-up qestion cards and the group who first manages to put it together and say it gets a point (draw a chart on the WB for scoring). I will have the whole class practise saying each question of course, as drilling for correct intonation and pronunciation. I will repeat this four times to create a competetive atmosphere and arouse the ss interest. For demoing, I will use the 'body grammar' technique. I will use enlarged cut-up question cards to put in order. Have some of my 'CELTA bodies' to hold them and the ss to put them in the correct order. ;) Then, i will give instructions to ss and check them before I start.

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To practise reading for specific information

Have ss work in pairs to answer the questions they have just produced. Provide the answer key on the IWB as feedback for ss to check their answers.

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To practise asking and answering questions in the past simple tense

Now that the ss have got the questions and the answers, I will ask them to practise asking and answering the questions in pairs. I will demonstrate this activity with a couple of ss, give intstructions and check them. Monitor the ss while doing this activity to spot any possible mistakes (if there will be any) for error correction later on.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To practise using "was/were" & "did" in questions in the past simple tense

Write two questions in the past simple form on the WB with the auxilaries missing. Ask ss to complete the questions, drill them, explain to the ss that they are required to complete with was/were or did, demo it, ask ICQs and then give HOs. Monitor to spot errors. Display the answer key on the IWB for feedback. Drill the questions with the ss for intonation and stress pattern.

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

Now tell the ss to ask and answer the questions about themselves in pairs. Demonstrate this first with one of ss (probably with a high-level one), give instructions and ICQ them. Monitor and assist, if needed. Tell ss that they can come up with their own questions if they want to. If there is time left, do some error correction on the WB. Give the ss the HO with answer key to keep record of todays lesson. Say thank you and goodbye! ;)

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