Aleksei Kudriashov Aleksei Kudriashov

A1 level


In this lesson, Ss learn Past Simple Grammar in the context of past weekend activities. It will be done as a Guided Discovery lesson and mainly focused on the structure of Past Simple sentences and related verb forms (regular and irregular).


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Past Simple in the context of Past weekend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide work on Past Simple forms in the context of past weekend


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

To speak about the people from the previous stage. To ask students who they like more and make a voting.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

To bring Ss' attention to one of the sentences from the text and to ask if things happen usually, sometimes, or often. Ask them to change it and make it a regular activity.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

To ask for the differences that students notice in two sentences: one for regular activity they would have made and the original one. Elicit that it happened last Saturday and it's finished.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

To handle HO1 and ask Ss to work with the first part of it in the groups for 3 minutes. To get a feedback by making groups speaking out their answers in turns. To provide HO2 and continue with HO1. To get a feedback after finish regular and irregular forms part.

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

To ask Ss to work in pairs and discuss projected HO3. To ask Ss to write their answers on the board and to get a feedback. To project HO4 and ask underline the correct form of Past Simple. To work as a WC with the results and give a checklist.

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

To regroup students. To ask them to use HO2 and write three irregular verbs in Present form. To collect it, mix, and give to different students, and ask them to write the verbs in Past Simple form. Then, to collect it again, mix, and distribute it. To ask Ss to keep it for a while and try to remember the forms.

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

To ask Ss to write down three things they did last Saturday. Then, to ask them to talk about it together.

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