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Past Simple Tense (Negatives/Questions)
Elemantary level


In this lesson, students are given practice in the language lesson of negative and question forms of Past Simple Tense. The lesson starts with the text which is used as context material in the previous lesson. Students are expected to write down three questions in Past Simple form through the text. Since the approach of the lesson is Test-Teach-Test, the Ss will be evaluated on their knowledge about Past Simple question forms. At the beginning of the lesson, before beginning the actual teaching, the Ss' needs will be evaluated and then the teacher will find out what they know and what they do not know. From there, the lesson will be modified according to students' needs and identified by eliciting. As the sub aim of the lesson is listening, the students will be introduced listening tasks during the Teach stage of the lesson. The Teach stage will continue with a controlled activity of negatives and questions in Past Simple. At the end of the lesson, the three questions, which students have come up with in the beginning of the lesson through the text, are emphasized and the students' errors will be clarified.


Main Aims

  • To provide review of The Past Simple in negative and question forms in the context of article about James Bond

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students a few questions using Past Simple questions. (Did you watch a film last weekend?, Did you have breakfast in the morning?, Did you take a bus today?, Did you wake up at 9?, Did you watch TV last night?)

Test #1 (4-5 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Students will be asked to write down three questions about the text given in the previous lesson. They will be mentioned the question forms in the lead-in part shortly. Tell them that they only need to write down three questions about the text and for this task they will be given three minutes. They can use either yes/no question form or wh- question form. They will be working on their own since the idea is to teach their prior knowledge. You will be monitoring while they are working on this task and taking some notes about students' mistakes to fix them at the end of the lesson. After the students are done with their questions, tell them that you will be back to that later on. There is no feedback in this stage.

Teach #1 (9-10 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Have students listen an interview and tell them they will listen to the whole recording about Will Forbes and they will try to find out four common thing between Ian Fleming and James Bond (R7.4) Here, make sure that students understand the meaning of 'common' to complete the task successfully. This listening task may be challenging for the students since they will hear the whole recording and try to find four common things. You may have students listen to the recording one more time if necessary. As the listening will be done individually, put students into pairs to write down four sentences. For feedback of this task, project the answers.

Teach #2 (7-8 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Give students the recording script and tell them to underline negative and questions sentences in the Past Simple Tense. Make sure that they understand the instructions well. Ask some ICQs. (Will you underline positive sentences? , Will you do that alone?) While they are underlining, monitor them. After they are done, put them into pairs to compare their underlined sentences each other. Feedback for this activity will be the underlined and highlighted version of the recording script on the board projected.

Teach #3 (9-10 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Tell students that they are going to fill in the gaps in the handout will be given to them(ex.4a /10a). They will fill in the gaps with the rules of the Past Simple negative and question form usages. Make sure they understand what they will be doing. After you give the handouts, you may project the same sheet on to the board and give the instructions to make it clearer. For this task, students will be working on their own and will be put into pairs to compare their answers and have students come to the board to write down the correct answers. After the correct answers written on the board, have students drill the pronunciation and intonation. Use the modal sentence and use back-chaining technique.

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learnt.

Give students a controlled activity for them to practice what they have learned during the lesson. Make sure you give the instructions clearly for them to understand what they are supposed to do with the handout will be given to them. Give the students four minutes to complete the activity on their own. Before you give the handouts, to make the instructions clearer, you may show the activity projected on the board. After they are done, the answers will be projected on the board.

Feedback (3-4 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Write down the mistakes you got form students while monitoring in the first test stage while they are writing down three questions from the text. Make sure that the students are clear with the question forms in the Past Simple. Fix the mistakes if necessary.

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