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Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about the present perfect through the context of very recent activities.The lesson will be based on listening to highlight the grammatical forms of the present perfect: just and yet, followed by clarifications in terms of meaning, form and pronunciation.Students by the end of the lesson will be able to use the target language in freer speaking practice.


Abc WB

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of present perfect with just and yet in the context of very recent activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of very recent activities.


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

The teacher asks the students about their very recent activities before joining the class (what they have just done before coming to the lesson), then get them discuss it in pairs.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

The teacher gets the students in pairs/groups of three, ask them to stand up to play a game; the students are to guess their teacher's recent activities by reordering the cards to get meaningful sentences. After that, the students write the sentences on the WB, then change the partner for a peer check. The teacher monitors, provides feedback as a whole class.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

The teacher starts by clarifying meaning via timeline and CCQs. For instance: We have just decided where to go this weekend. Is this action that happened in the past? Yes Did it start and finished in the past? Yes Is it past action close to now? Yes Do we use just in the negative form? No Do we use yet in the negative form? Yes Do we use just in the interrogative form? Yes Do we use yet in the interrogative form? Yes Then clarifying the form on the whiteboard using different colours for just and yet in the affirmative, negative and interrogative structures, as coming: We have just decided. Subject+ Have ( in the present simple)+just+ Past participle. Subject+Have ( in the present simple)+ not+ Past participle+ Yet. Have+Subject+Just+Past participle?/ Have +Subject+Past participle+Yet? Regarding the pronunciation, the teacher focuses on marking, in different colours on the whiteboard, the contractions with their transcriptions and stress, then drilling them. For example:

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

In this stage, the teacher will check the students' target language via a controlled practice where they have to work individually, choose the correct sentence, after that peer check the answers, then explain why.Followed by the teacher feedback and error correction as a whole class.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

The teacher gets the students stand in two lines where each one of them has to discuss face to face with his/her partner about their very recent decisions for what to do this weekend.After that, they work in groups to say what they have just discussed in pairs.

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