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Simple Past Tense - Questions & Negatives
Beginner level


In this lesson, Ss will learn about simple past questions through a text based plan. They will listen to a dialogue between two colleagues about their weekends. In the dialogue, they will listen for specific information. They will complete the question forms while listening. Then there will be finding the questions in the written dialogue. Afterwards, there will be the second part of the dialogue in which they will focus on the negative statements in simple past tense. They will have a handout, having model sentences form the dialogues, to answer questions on meaning and form. Then they will have a controlled practice and semi controlled practice.


Abc Dialogue H/O
Abc H/O
Abc Practice H/O
Abc Audio Track 10. 3
Abc Audio 10.5
Abc Audio 10.5

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification in simple past tense questions and negative statements through the context of weekend activities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide Ss of practice of questions and negative statements in simple past tense
  • To provide specific information through listening about what they did or didn't do at the weekend


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

* T asks: "What is today? (Friday) "What is tomorrow? (Saturday) "Do you like weekends? (Yes) "What about last weekend? For example, I got up late last weekend. What did you do last weekend?" * Ss talk for 2 mins.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

* T shows the photo of Angie and Rick, and asks "Where are they? what are they doing?" * T chests the dialogue H/Os. "There are missing words here. Listen and complete them." * Ss complete the dialogue individually while listening. They check in pairs. * T takes Ss to write the correct answers on the board. WCFB * T says "Underline the questions in the dialogue."

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

* T gives the H/O for questions. Ss will listen and complete the questions. ICQ: "How many questions are there? (4) "Will you listen for the questions? (Yes)" * Ss check their answers in pairs. * Ss listen again to find what Angie did at the weekend. * T asks writes on the WB what Angie didn't do. * T shows the H/O. Ss write three things Angie and Rick didn't do. Ss copy Rick's answers from the dialogue. * Ss check their answers in pairs.

Language Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

* T tells students to unfold the H/O. * Ss answer the questions about the meaning of model sentences. * T reflects the model sentences and questions on the board. * WCFB * Ss will fill the form part. * WCFB * T turns the projector off. T models the pronunciation and intonation of the questions.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

* T gives the H/O of practice page folded. * Ss do the first part. They complete the sentences with the past form of the verbs in brackets. * Ss check their answers in pairs. * WCFB

Semi controlled practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide Ss with more practice on the target language

* T tells Ss to unfold the H/O. * Ss look at the questions. T shows a picture on WB and Ss tell what action it is. * Ss first answer the questions for themselves. They then mingle with people to ask the questions for 5 mins. * T asks what they have learnt about the person they have talked to. * WCFB

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