Marijke Marijke

B2 level


In this lesson the students learn about irregular past participles in the context of travel anecdotes.


Abc Text narrative
Abc Phonology chart
Abc Text Flight stories
Abc Audio

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy using the irregular past participles
  • To provide review of Past participle in the context of Travel anecdotes

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking


Lead in (5 minutes) • Generate interest

The teacher shows a video of a stand up comedian telling an 'unlikely to ever happen' situation on an airplane. after the video the teacher asks the students about their crazy airplane stories. As the students are talking the teacher listens for Past simple and Past participles and as she hears them, writes them on the board. The students are asked what they are seeing and we discuss the formation of a regular past participle.

Practice activity 1 (15 minutes) • To provide controlled oral practice focused on using the language accurately

Teacher gives students a handout on which they have to organise Past simple's and Past participles in a chart according to the pronounciation of the vowel sound. Teacher models the exercise and students get 2 minutes to organise Past simple's of the above words in the right place. feedback: On the board the teacher projects the same chart and will write down the correct verbs in the correct place as the students are saying them. Before writing the teacher drills the sound and students spell the word. Teacher also makes sure the students are writing the words down on their handout for further reference.

Practice activity 2 (15 minutes) • Practice Past participle

Teacher writes model sentence on the board: I flew somewhere I'd never flown before. asks students to make this same structure but with to hear something. I heard something I'd never heard before. Now that the past participle is introduced, in pairs the students discuss the same verbs to see if the Past participle is the same as the past simple. If it is different, they will write the Past participle in the chart. Feedback is whole class listening activity to the correct sound of all the words. In their pairs they check if they have everything correct.

Practice activity 3 (6 minutes) • To provide freer oral practice and use the language productively

Teacher divides the students in 2 groups, one group gets one text, the other group gets another text. The students read the text and then have to find someone from the other group to tell them what had happened, pretending they themselves were there. Then the other person tells them their story.

Practice activity 4 (5 minutes) • Listening to stress

Whole class listens to an extract from a narrative. The they try and repeat the sentences with the same stress and rythm.

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