Mahmut Türker Tunbiş Mahmut Türker Tunbiş

7th Teaching Practice
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn about past tenses (simple, continuous, perfect). First they will have discussion on cheating in sports. Then they will read a text about a lady who cheated in a marathon. At detailed reading part they will determine the type of verbs in the text. Then they will work on a text with gaps. They will fill the gaps with the verbs in right tenses. In the last section students will talk about their memories. (A time they have cheated, exciting sports event they saw, or an accident they had)


Abc Gap Fill Handout
Abc Reading Text

Main Aims

  • Students will learn about past simple, past continuous, past perfect in terms of meaning and form.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in an anecdote in the context of sports
  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about cheating in the context of sports


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will ask questions regarding cheating in sports like: Which sports you do? Did you cheat in sports? In what sports do you think cheating is most common? In Turkish Football League do they cheat often? What kind of things do people do when they cheat?

Gist-Reading (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text

The students will read the text about a marathon and find out who cheated and how. Give instructions. Elicit words they don't know. (To take a short cut, to sweat, spectator) When they're finished they will check their answers.

Detailed Reading (10-12 minutes) • Making the students distinguish the simple past, past continuous and past perfect.

Students will read the text again and analyze the verbs highlighted to determine when the action took place. In pairs, they will place the story on a timeline. They will receive feedback on time line.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide accuracy on using past simple, past continuous and past perfect.

Students will read a text on a famous cheating incident happened in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup. Then they will fill in the gaps with correct form of the verb with their pairs. They will get written feedback.

Freer Practice (10-15 minutes) • Giving students a chance to practice what they have learned and gain fluency.

Students will think of a time when they have cheated in a sport/game/exam. They will plan what they're going to say. (5 min) By using what they have learned they will tell their story to their friend. (2 x 2min) I will nominate one or two students to share their story with the whole class. (2 x 2 min)

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