to clarify and practise the difference between the past simple and the past continuous.
Listening: to identify key information + to recognise and practise the function of 3 narrative tenses (semi-controlled practice).
Procedure (36-54 minutes)
I'll stick 3 pictures of 3 people to WB. These people will be talking about their past experiences in a listening exercise.
the students will listen to 3 people talking about their past experiences then try to do a matching exercise about this listening individually then discuss the answers in pairs.
I'll highlight the target language by choosing sentences from the listening to explain my target language.
I will write two sentences I elicited from the listening. one is in past simple and the other one is in past continuous. I'll explain to the students the meaning of these two tenses using CCQs then show them the form of these two sentences.
I will give the students two fill-in-gaps exercises. they have to do this exercise individually then they can check answers with their partners.
I will divide the students into groups of 4 then hand out a paper for each group. these papers have the word "last" on them, like : last month, last year and last weekend. Each group will discuss what they did in the last year and last month.
I'll write on WB this question " what were you doing at 7pm ? then I will divide them into groups then ask them to tell their partners what they were doing at 7pm
I will give the students HO. on this HO, there are a lot of actions in the past. Then I will ask all students to stand up and keep asking each other to fill this form. The students will ask each other to get information and write yes or no on this HO with some details about the person they talk with.
I will divide the class into two big groups. I will give instructions about this activity. Group "A" should shout " mu-ba-ba" when they hear past simple, but group B should shout " lo-ma-ma" when they hear past continuous. I will read a short story that uses past simple and past continuous.