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Past Simple lesson
Beginners level


In this lesson, students will be focusing mainly on past simple grammar based on an activity about famous people. The lesson starts with sentences that students have to read and link them with the pictures of famous people above. Moving on to an activity for the ss to fill in a table of past simple verbs that they have to figure out. More practice is given in class for past simple verbs for the ss to use for famous people and for Picasso. The listening activity comes in to ensure the answers about Picasso. Last but not least, free practice related to the context is provided to examine the students skills and to allow them to participate with each other.


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Main Aims

  • To provide the Ss with past simple grammar verbs through activities based on famous people.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide the Ss with listening activities to ensure that they have understood the context about past simple verbs based on the painter Picasso.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

We will display 3 pictures of famous people that have died and have left trace behind them. Ask the Ss "who is this?" "what did he do?". We will ask this question for every picture.

Test #1 (3-5 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Chest H.O and instruct with clarification to the Ss what they will be doing. As the Ss are answering, monitor Ss for support. Once Ss have finished answering the questions, we will then handout answer keys.

Teach (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Teacher will write on the W/B "I played football yesterday" then will get one of the Ss to read out the sentence. Then the teacher will ask a CCQS to the Ss "When did I play football?", "What is the present tense of played?". Then the teacher will write on the left hand side of the W/B Present simple and on the right hand side past simple. Teacher will write the following present simple verbs under present simple heading: (Cook, jump, look, walk and listen). Teacher will then elicit from the Ss the past tense of the verbs provided. Teacher will then drill the past tense verbs. Teacher quickly erases verbs from the board (but not the example sentence), and asks a student to come to the board and write a past simple sentence. Once the student is finished the teacher will correct and clarify the sentence by circling the past tense verb and when the action happened. do this process for 2 Ss.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Teacher will instruct the Ss to listen to 2 people talking about Picasso. Then the teacher will hand out the H.O to the Ss and instruct them read about Picasso. Teacher will then instruct Ss to complete the questions about Picasso. Finally the teacher will explain to the Ss to listen and check their answers. Teacher will instruct Ss to make past simple sentences from the examples below.

Free practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Instruct Ss to make 3 past simple sentences about themselves. Then the Ss will share sentences with the class.

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