good times and bad times
El. A1/2 level
To provide clarification and practice of simple past tense (was/were) in the context of family
To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about birthday in the context of family
Procedure (32-49 minutes)
The picture of Helen's family is shown in PTT with some questions. 1. Was it Helen’s birthday? 2. Was it Margaret’s birthday? 3. Whose birthday was it yesterday? 4. Were there 14 people at the party? 5. Were there 40 people at the party? 6. Was the party boring/ interesting? 7. Who wasn’t at the party? Work in pairs and answer them
Some personal questions about their birthday would be asked (if my partner doesn't ask similar questions of course) They circle was/ were in the text.
In order to highlight TL some questions will be asked.
Concentrating on these 3 sentences, I am going to ask them to change the sentences into negative; y/n question forms. Such as: -I was born in 1984. (negative)/ (y/n) -My birthday party was interesting. (negative)/ (y/n) -There were 15 people at the party. (negative)/ (y/n)
ex. 4 is given to them. Look at ex. 3.a and highlight "was/ wasn't/ were/weren't" Do 4b in pairs. Play audio track 6.1. check answers. (Write the answers on the board/ provide a PPT) Give them the extra activity explanation page. Do ex 5. Underline the correct verbs.
Do 6.a) Read the text again quickly and answer the questions. skimming Do 6.b) reading for details. Answer the following questions: 1. When was Margaret's 13th Bday? 2. Where was the party? 3. Was the weather good? 4. What food was there? 5. Were her friends at her party? 6. How many people were at here party? Do ex. 7. A) Drill the verbs (strong and weak forms).
Provide some papers on each a topic is written related to birthday. They are supposed to talk about their last imaginary birthday using the TL: - an interesting birthday - a lovely birthday - a strange birthday After they finish their stories, some students report their stories to class.