Ela Alara Ozcan Ela Alara Ozcan

Grammar practice, police interview
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will use police interview and alibis to ask/answer questions about what they did last night. They will use the past simple to talk about what they were doing in response to a robbery that took place at ITI the previous night.


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Main Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a interview in the context of a robbery that occurred at the ITI (past simple)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of past simple tense in the context of a police interview


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

Introduce the topic by showing a picture of a safe and a robber. Explain that there was a robbery last night at the ITI.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Play the students an interview, which they will use as an example later on in the lesson. Get them to listen to the interview and fill in the gaps on the handout.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students write a police interview to use to ask their peers questions. Students also write an alibi in case they are the ones that are questioned during this interview. Students first produce each piece of text, and then team up with another pair in order to test their speaking skills.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

This will be done through monitoring the students during their prespeaking task and also during the speaking.

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