Malia Yoshioka Malia Yoshioka

TP 7b - Past Simple (Memories/Music)
Beginner (A1) level


In this lesson, students will be introduced to positive forms of past simple for the verb to be (singular / plural) in the context of speaking about concerts and music they've enjoyed in the past.


Abc HO - T/F about Ozan at the Beatles
Abc Past simple form HO
Abc semi-controlled practice HO - interview
Abc Ozan's memory of the Beatle's concert of 1990 =)

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the present simple (singular and plural) of the verb to be in the context of speaking about concerts or music they've enjoyed in the past.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy asking and answering yes/no questions in the past simple about an event in the past.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I'll remind the students of the text from Ozan in Nalan's lesson. Do you remember which concert he attended? [Beatles] Do you know the Beatles? [Play clip from youtube of Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show:] Ok so how was it? Do you think it was a good concert or bad concert? Would you like to go to this concert? Discuss in pairs.

Highlight TL (10-12 minutes) • To highlight target language through a text or situation

Students will read Ozan's story about the Beatle's concert he attended when he was 16. I will elicit the following answers: Where was it? It was in California. How many people were there? There were 20,000 people. Was he happy to be there? He was was very happy to be there. How old was Ozan? Ozan was 16 years old.

Clarification (10-13 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

MEANING Is he ____ now or was it in the past? FORM Singular Plural Yes/No Questions PRONUNCIATION drill sentence stress to highlight important info and write with weak schwa for was and were

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss will receive a HO of T/F questions about Ozan attending the Beatle's concert. They will answer and then discuss in pairs and correct the false statements.

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

Students will write five sentences about the best concert they attended or watched. I will model with my own best or worst concert experience via HO and include the following prompts for their writing (10 minutes): Where was it? Who were you with? How was it? Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite song? Work in pairs and see if you can add information to the stories. I will tell them that they will be interviewing each other about their favorites next so they will need to remember the questions and find out the answers.

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

Students will have 10 minutes to interview another classmate. They will need to ask questions to find out about each other's favorite concerts and write three sentences about the persons favorite concert without using their name. [T will monitor during this phase and take any incorrect sentences as examples for error correction if needed.] We will post them around the room and see if we can figure out which one goes with which person. [If time is running fast, I will have them interview more than one classmate and pick which one they want to report about.]

If needed activities • For further practice in case they finish these activities early or if class is very small

Error correction - any mistakes I've heard during monitoring I were ----- They was ---- He were ---- I was danced I dancing Speaking corners - I will write Jazz / Rock & Roll / Pop on the corners of the room and ask students to go to the corner that has their most favorite music and discuss with each other. They can also switch to least favorite. Discuss what you did last week / last month / last year Favorite music now vs when you were a child Favorite food now vs when you were a child

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