Andrew Dib Andrew Dib

Times past: past simple - irregular verbs
A1 level


Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of past simple - questions and negatives in the context of 'times past'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about Diana Spencer's upbringing in the context of 'times


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context of 'Past times' and to engage students

Open PP play youtube video links. Enlarge to full screen In pairs SS to discuss if they know and what they know about the characters in the movies. 2 minutes

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language of past simple - questions and negatives through a matching exercise

PP slide As you already know, when we talk about people in the past, we use special language. So, just to remind you… Display HO - Instruct SS not to turn page over In pairs: On first side of HO SS match past for with present form of verb. 2 minutes FB > Check with partner. 2 minutes Put answers on PP

Highlighting (9-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language of past simple - negatives and questions through fill in the blanks and speaking exercises

Next PP slide On HO SS to fill in blanks from the choice of words. Work in Pairs. 5 minutes. FB > Check in groups and discuss. 2 minutes Provide Answer Key HO for self-correction. 2 minutes

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of past simple - questions and negatives through PP and WB eliciting

PP slide Display HO and instruct SS. 5 minutes. In pairs SS to clarify meaning, answering questions about model sentences. FB > Give Answer key HO for SS to self-check in pairs. On WB: For each model sentence: Next slide > Do form Next slide > Do phonetics Next slide > Do stress and intonation Drill

Controlled Practice (11-12 minutes) • To concept check understanding of TL and provide further practice preparing students for freer practice

PP slide Display HO. Instruct SS not to turn HO over. SS to read quickly, for gist. 2 minutes In pairs: SS to pick which photos match what the text is about. FB > Discuss answers in pairs > Show answers on PP. One minute --------- PP slide Display HO SS to read again, but this time for detail to answer questions on HO. Work in pairs. 6 or 7 minutes FB > Discuss answers in groups. Give Answer Key HO. Check in groups. 3 minutes

Free Practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the past simple questions and negatives through speaking for fluency

Time-dependent... PP slide In pairs, SS to use prompters on HO to discuss their pasts. 3-4 minutes

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