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simple past/ past continuous
intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about using the past continuous with the simple past and the time conjunctions when and while through a guided discovery based on a reading text about getting into acting. The lesson starts with pre-teaching some vocabulary. It is followed by reading for gist and highlighting the target language. Finally, there is a controlled practice through blank filling and freer practice via a personalized speaking activity.


Abc Vocabulary and their Explanation Matching Handout
Abc Reading Text and Detailed Questions HO
Abc Answers Key for the Reading Text HO
Abc Guided Discovery HO
Abc Gap-fill HO

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of past continuous in the context of getting into acting

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in expressing an experience in the context of getting into a career


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- give the ss a HO to match some new vocabulary with their explanation, individually - FB by peer check - final FB by checking as a WC - clarify the vocabulary they do not know by asking some of the students to explain or finally the T does if no one knows - ask them to predict what the reading is about according to the vocabulary as a WC

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

- hand out the reading text HO and ask them to keep it folded - ask ss to read the text very fast just find if their prediction was right, set 2 minutes - WC feedback by asking who got the right predictions and if no one does, the right answer - tell ss to unfold the HO, read it again individually and answer the detailed questions below in pairs - Provide the answers in a HO for FB

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

- give the ss the guided discovery/ grammar analysis HO to work on individually and set 3 minutes - give the ss the answer key for a final FB

Clarification (1-3 minutes) • To clarify the meaning of the target language

- CCQ the two sentences in the guided discovery;

Controlled Practice (2-4 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- give the ss a gap-fill HO to work on, individually - give them the answer key for FB

Freer Practice (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- ask the ss to write two sentences, one using when and one using while to talk about when they first started their career, set 2 minutes - peer check for FB - ask for a sentence from each student for final FB

Error-correction (1-3 minutes) • To provide language feedback based on the target language

- while the ss write their sentences, walk around to observe if any of their sentences has errors and take notes to correct together at the end as a WC on the WB

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