Taher Bahrani Taher Bahrani

Simple past (regular verbs)
A1 level


In this lesson, the students learn how to use simple past (regular verbs) in the context of last week/weekend/month/year... activities


Abc Visuals
Abc Redstone, Ch., & Gunningham, G. (2014). Face2face second edition starter, Cambridge
Abc Murphy, R. (2013). English Grammar in Use Second edition. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Abc Teacher' made
Abc Scrivener, J. (2010). Teaching English Grammar. London, Macmillan Education

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice simple past regular verbs in the context of "last week/weekend/month/year... activities"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking about their last week/weekend/month/year... activities


Stage 1 (lead in) (2-4 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic

Ask the students to talk about the things they do every day.

Stage 2 (Building context) (5-6 minutes) • To narrow the context to a more specific area and continue to generate interest while establishing a clear and specific context for the TL

Tell the students a short story about one of your friends who woke up late to go to work last Sunday. Use only "was/were" and some regular verbs such as: washed, brushed, walked.... Divide the story into separate small mimable chunks followed by some pictures. Write only the opening words " Yesterday morning David......"on the WB. Mime the first action "opening eyes" and show the picture. Elicit the sentence from the students. Point on the word "yesterday" and write "ed" on the board if they say "open his eyes". Say the correct sentence of they don't say. Do the same for all the actions.

Stage 3 (Presentation of the TL) (4-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify the target language using MFP

Ask the students to retell some of the sentences about the pictures they saw in stage 2 and write them on the WB. Highlight and clarify the TL using MFP.

Stage 4 (practice the TL) (10-12 minutes) • To provide controlled oral/written practice focusing on the TL accuracy

Activity 1: Divide the class in pairs. Give the students some sentences with the simple past verb missing. The students check their answers together. Activity 2: Re-group the class again. Ask the students to make sentences with scrambled words. Don't give the students all the sentences at once. Give the students the second sentence when they finish making the first sentence an stick in on the wall. The group that finishes soon helps other groups. Activity 3 (if time): Re-group the students. Give the students some simple present verbs. Ask them to write the past forms. Divide the class into three groups. Give each group small blank papers. Ask them to write a sentences using the past form of the verbs. Ask them to stick the sentences on the walls within 3 minutes. Ask the students to check and correct the sentences of other groups.

Stage 5 (Production) (6-8 minutes) • To provide freer written and oral practice focused on the TL

Give the students a topic about the last party they attended. Ask them to talk about the topic with their partner by answering the given questions. Ask them to mingle around telling other students about their partner.

Stage 6 (Feedback and error correction) (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on the students performance on stage 5

Provide feed back and error correction by highlighting the students' errors.

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