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Past simple TP2
Pre-int level


In this lesson, students learn about the past simple tense. The lesson presents and overview in the context of memories from school days. The lesson is made up of a lead in based on photographs of activities linked to school days, presentation of MFP followed up by some controlled practice activities.


Main Aims

  • To give students with clarification, review and practice of simple past in the context of memories of school

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking practice within the context of memories from school


Lead in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Re-introduce topic of school. Exercise 1 - in pairs students match photos of activities with the written sentences. - whole class feedback to fill in answers on board

Meaning (2-3 minutes) • To provide meaning of the target language through a text or situation

Show Meaning slide - who is this guy? (it's me) - is it today? When? (no, it's school time) - is it past or present? (it's past) - is it finished? (yes it is)

Form 1 - regular endings (5-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language/pronunciation

Show verbs on projector. - Set task - fill in the gaps with past tense - How? In pairs? Use the text to help you. Model example with class - 2 minutes - did you find them - nominate 1 answer from each table - fill in text box with each response - drill for pronunciation

Form 2 - endings/negatives/questions (5-8 minutes) • Further analysis of Past simple structures

Whole class brainstorm - work through the rules on the board - endings - negatives (examples) - question forms (examples)

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

Practice exercises: - Exercise 3 is a dialogue - fill in the gaps with your partner, you have two minutes Now check with the other pair on your table - Answer collection - again, nominate tables for answers and check with whole class. - Fill in gaps on board

Semi-Controlled Practice 2 (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

dialogue time students create their own conversations using questions provided - write some answers to these questions (model one on board) 2 minutes (quietly) - check they have finished, then start next step - in pairs, ask and answer each others questions - you have a few minutes to practice - collect feedback by walking around - now use your new information to ask another student

Final words (2-3 minutes) • To summarise the class and give out handouts

Close down Write any further comments on board Give out Irregular verb table

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