Zeinab Elmogy Zeinab Elmogy

past simple and continuous
Intermediate level


In this lesson students learn about the past simple and continuous through guided discovery based on listening to people talk about (first meetings). The lesson starts with a discussion about first impressions.This is followed by listen to some people talk about their first meetings .Finally there is some controlled practice through complete sentences with the suitable form of the verbs and free practice via a final speaking activity.


Abc Gap fill hand outs

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of The past simple and continuous in the context of Memory

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a Differnt pronunciation of _ed


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

speaking practice to discuss some questions about first impressions in small groups,and listen to some people talk about how they met important people in their life

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Use the tapescript to find to examples of:regular past simple ,irregular past simple ,past continuous verbs

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Highlight the form of the two tenses (positive,negative,and question)

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Using the time line

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Complete Julia's story of how she met her husband Tom with the suitable form of the verb

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Match the beginning of the sentences in A to the ending in B using (because, when,while). Then put the words in brackets in the correct form.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

speaking practice to tell each other about the first time they met someone who is now important to their life .

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