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Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, I will clarify the narratives tenses.


Abc Gap-filling 1
Abc handout 2
Abc handout 1

Main Aims

  • To provide practice, clarification and review of narrative tenses in the context of art.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in narrative tenses


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will invite the students to stand up and make a circle.To say good morning,we'll play a short game:each person will put hands on neighbor's hand and clap.While clapping,the students will say 'good morning _(name)_'. Then I will show them a portrait and ask them if they know the artist.Then I will show a video about the painter to make them think about her past life.

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will write a few sentences about the painter that they will hear in listening part. `Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico.in Mexico City. When she was eighteen,she was travelling home from school in a bus which was involved in a terrible car accident. After the accident she started painting,because she had become bedridden. Then I will ask the order of the events,actions. Which action happened first? Which one is the last one?

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Later,I will show a story from which all the verbs had been taken and ask:'which kid of text is it?Is there anything strange with it?Then,I'll ask them to read and later I will show the real form of the story.After asking the differences between 2 text and getting the answers:2'there isn't any verb inside.',I will have another question:'do we only need a verb to tell something or ?...' I will wait the responses like:tense or conjugation,etc... Then'I will show them a slide and they will do a matching activity. In that activity,they will have some sentences and they will match the examples with tenses and the meaning of the tenses.At this stage,I will draw a timeline on the board and clarify the position of the tenses.

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check and practice the target language.

The students will have a handout concerning an article in which they should find the correct tenses for the sentences.But before that,they will find the best title for this article.After checking with their partners,I will give the answer key.(grammar ex 1)

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

I will give them another handout on which there is a short text.Here,they will transform the verbs into the past simple,past continuous and past perfect and later they will check with their partners.Then,I will show the answers key.(grammar ex 3)

Freer Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

I will separate the students in two groups.They will have an handout. There is a picture of Frida Kahlo and 14 statements about her life.The students will create a story about this painter. (speaking ex 2/3/4)

Listening Task (3-4 minutes) • To make them compare their stories with the one in the track.

The students will listen a track.This is a short biography of a painter.They will listen to the biography and compare with their own stories. Then,they will work in pairs and try to remember the information they have heard.

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