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TP: 3b Past Progressive and Past Simple
Pre-Intermediate level


In this session, Ss will practice past simple and past progressive through guided discovery examples and controlled practiced. There will be no need for lead-in stage because this lesson will be the next part of the previous lesson. T will start the lesson with pre-teach stage in order to connect the lesson to the previous one by writing the extracted sentences from the reading text and eliciting the tenses and supporting them with CCQs. Clarification will be made through MPF. Controlled and freer activity will follow them.


Abc Cut up gap-fill controlled activity task 5a (adapted from English Unlimited Pre-Int,4.2,CUP)
Abc 3 Strip story pictures from the book, task 5a (adapted from English Unlimited Pre-Int., 4.2, CUP)
Abc 5 Strip pictures from the book, task 6a (adapted from English Unlimited Pre-Int. , 4.2, CUP)
Abc Cut up guided practice task, 6a (adapted from English Unlimited Pre-Int, 4.2 , CUP)
Abc Cut up gap-fill controlled activity task 4a (adapted from English Unlimited Pre-Int,4.2,CUP)

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the past continuous with the past simple in the context of travelling by taxi. To practice past simple and past continuous tenses and to use them together in the series of events.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide pronunciations of positive, negative and interrogative forms of the past progressive. To provide fluency in the guided, freer practice part.


Pre-teach Grammar (2-3 minutes) • To generate context and discuss about the tenses

T writes sentences from the previous reading text on the board. Elicit the time, tenses, mark them on the board and what the students know about these two tenses. Talk in pairs, "Did the journey finish? Were they in the middle of their journey?"

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify useful language

T will write three sentences about past progressive and past simple. Time line will be drawn. CCQ will be set through these 3 sentences for clarifying meaning. T will give HO, WC will check and discuss the form through controlled gap-filling. Drilling the pronunciation of negative, positive and interrogative forms.

Practice activity 1 (8-10 minutes) • To provide controlled practice focus on using the language in proper tenses

T will give three sets of picture for students to look and complete the controlled activity. Ss work in individually and check their answers within the group. WCF.

Practice activity 2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide freer activity to plan sets of story through pictures

T will give five sets of pictures to the groups of students to make a plan about the rest of the story in a simple way. Ss will write simple story and describe it by using past progressive and past simple. Each group check the others stories at the end of the activity. Ss should tell their stories together.

Feedback and Error (5-7 minutes)

The Ss will listen other's stories and they will discuss the differences.

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