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Present simple tense positive and negative statements
Beginner level


In this lesson, students will learn about expressing timeless statements of preference. They will do so by first learning the form present simple positive and negative statements, followed by learning the form of positive and negative concurrences to timeless statements of fact made by other people in everyday conversation.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of I like, I don’t like, yes, me too, no, me neither in the context of Everyday conversation

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking for accuracy and fluency


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

Greeting students and have one of them read a sentence from the WB that have been deliberately written wrongly. Ask the students if it is right, and how to change it to make it right, e.g. Che is s man, or, Che is not a woman. CCQ Not means, yes or no? Don’t go means, you stay here?

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through an audio recording.

The students will listen to a recording of Andre and Emma discussing how they feel about sport, watching or playing sport. This introduces them to the target language I like and I don’t like. The students will then complete exercise 1.a individually, and check their answers in pairs.

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

CCQ Does Andre like football? Does Emma like sport? Did Andre and Emma talk about what they like? Did they talk about what they don’t like?

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

The students will be shown cue cards containing a number of I like/I don’t like, I watch/I don’t watch statements. They will read these as a group and then as individuals. CCQ Is it, I+don’t like tea, or, I don’t+like tea. Is it, I don’t+watch TV, or, I don’t watch+TV. Next, the students will be asked to provide their own I like/I don’t like, or I watch/I don’t watch sentences. They will then complete exercise 2 individually and check their answers in pairs.

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

The students will listen to an audio recording of two students talking. They will then complete exercise 3 individually and check answers in pairs. CCQ will take the form of cue cards and selecting the right form of yes, me too/no, me neither response to the cue cards.

Free Practice (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Four students will be selected and handed cards on which they have to write three statements of the form I like/I don’t like, or I watch/I don’t watch. They must then try to collect as many friends as they can by recording yes, me too answers. When someone responds, yes, me too to one of their statements, that person stays in their corner and is their friend. The person with the most friends wins. Repeat with different students if time allows. Otherwise, CCQ with cue cards to ensure comprehension of, and demonstrate on the WB.

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