'take care' lesson, past continuous lesson
Pre-intermediate B1 level
To provide review and practice of the past continuous tense in the context of 'take care'.
To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about 'a true story' in the context of 'take care'.
Procedure (25-35 minutes)
I will tell the students a story as a lead in. This story contains the two tenses (past simple and past continuous), I will tell them the story in an attractive way using my intonation. I will give them some instructions before I start; to focus on the tenses in the story and I will ask them some questions after I finish it, so they should focus on the events of the story. The questions are: what did the women see when she was driving home? What was the man wearing? What happened in that road in the past? The students will answer these questions using the tenses that I am going to teach in the middle of the lesson.
In this stage, students will do some listening activities concerning the two sentences (past simple & past continuous). Firstly, they will listen to part 1 of Frane Selak story, and I will ask them: how many lucky escapes has he had? Why do you think people say he is the world's luckiest/ unluckiest man? Here I will give them clear and simple instructions and I will make ICQs, which are; how many questions are you going to answer? (Two) Are you going to write anything? (No, just listen) Secondly, before they listen to part 2, they will do a match activity to get the meaning of some words that they will hear in the audio, so it will not be difficult to them. In addition, I will give them a handout with the answers to check their answers. I will make ICQs for that activity which are; how many words that you are going to match? (Five), Are you going to match the words with its meanings? (Yes). After they listen to part 2 audio, they will complete a table with information about Mr. Selak's accidents will tell them before they listen to focus on the specific information to get the answer and I will use ICQs, which are; How many gabs that you are going to fill? (Twelve), Are you going to write words or sentences? (Small words). After they finish the activity, I will write the answers on the white board as a feedback.
I will teach the students the past continuous, the meaning, form and phonology. I will elicit them from the students and write them on the white board. I will show them some examples of the tense and how it describes the actions. I will show them a time line for (past simple and past continuous) to get the difference between them. In addition to that I will show them the form in a table (the positive, negative and question forms). I will pronounce a sentence and make the students repeat it in order to make them how to pronounce a full sentence (fluency). After that, they have five questions to answer about the tense to make sure that they fully understand the tense and its usage. Before they start, I will give them clear instructions and I will use ICQs which are; How many questions that you are going to answer? (Five). Are you going to write the answers? (Yes). I will make them work individually then check in pairs then I will discuss the answers with them as a feedback.
In this stage, the students will do a controlled practice about the two sentences to make sure that they understand it. It is a fill in gab activity; the students will fill the gabs with the suitable tenses. Before they start, I will give them clear instructions and I will use ICQs to make sure that they get my instructions, the ICQs are; how many sentences that you are going to answer? How many tenses that you are going to use? After they finish they will check in pair, then they will listen to the audio to get the answers. I will ask them if they get all the answers or not, if not I will give them the tape script where they could find the answers easily. (Feedback)
In this stage, the students have a pronunciation practice, they will listen to the phrases from the recording and notice the pronunciation of was with a 'schwa' sound. After that, they will look at the script, listen again and practice saying the phrases.