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12A Strangers on a train
Beginner level


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Main Aims

  • • By the end of the lesson students will be able to develop their skills in reading/listening for specific information and note taking using a text about strangers on a train.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will also be able to discover irregular verbs and practise them.


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

- Show the students yellow jigsaw pieces and ask what they think these are. - Give each student one piece and ask them to do the puzzle together on the teacher's table.

Pre-Reading/Listening (10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

- Elicit/teach words connected with travelling by train. (platform /ˈplæt fɔrm/ , seat/sit/, station/ˈsteɪ ʃən/, ticket/ˈtɪk ɪt/) - Write them on the board and drill pronunciation.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (15 minutes) • To develop students' skills in reading/listening for specific information and note-taking

-Ask students to order the jumbled sentences in groups. -Ask students to listen/read the text and answer the questions.

Post-Reading/Listening (10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

-Ask students to share their opinions about the question: Why do you think Olivia didn't come to the concert? -Play the rest of the text and let them check their predictions.

Vocabulary (10 minutes) • To provide clarification, review and practice of irregular verbs

-Check that Sts understand the meaning of the verbs: buy, say, send, tell, leave, see, sit, write. -Ask Sts to find the past simple of these highlighted verbs in the story. -Ask them to listen and check. -Ask Sts say the past simple of the verb they hear.

Contingency Plan (Board Game)

-Divide the students into two, -Ask them to make double line in front of the board, -Ask them to write the past form of the verbs as soon as they hear the infinitive verbs.

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