Ahmed Ahmed

Grammar (Describing past Habits)
Upper Intermediate level


This Grammer lesson is a Situational Presentation (PPP) and will illustrate to students how to describe past habits via modal verbs "used to" and "would". The lesson will lead in by defining what a habit is and the tutor will try to deduct whether students understand the different forms of used to. A comprehensive explanation of the different versions will be illustrated. A quiz will be deducted to test their comprehension. Later, this lesson will explain how would is used to describe past events. Afterwards, an exercise to restructure sentences with either used to or would is performed to test their understanding of the difference between the two terms. In addition, there will be an exercise to restructure sentences with either used to or would. The main theme of this session is related to animals and pets. My colleague Shelly will introduce the topic by initiating a reading class based on the theme. The text in the reading task contains many references to past habits using the mentioned phrases. Therefore, to make the Grammer lesson relevant, students will be asked to find used to and would expressions with CCQ. Lastly, a freer exercise will be conducted and students will be asked to explain their personal past habits with their partners.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Used to and Would in the context of Pets and animals

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation describing past events in the context of Pets and Animals


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

Define the word habit, assess their understanding of used to and would by asking them to describe a past habit.

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

I will give them an example of used to and would and explain how they are used to describing past events in positive negative and question form. Then I will give them an exercise to restructure sentences using would and used to.

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

I will try to elicit from students the sentences that have used to and would in the reading text.

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

I will give the students a fill in the gaps exercise with the different versions of used to (be used to, get used to and used to) quiz to practice the different meaning. If I have time I will try and explain the different ways to stress the words.

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

The last session will involve a freer activity where students in pairs describe their past habits.

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