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past simple lesson
pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about past simple tense through guided discovery based on a listening about last weekend. This lesson starts with a discussion about weekend routine.It is followed by talking about last weekend. This followed by how to form the past simple tense and types of verbs(regular/irregular). Then we are going to make questions and negate sentences. finally, we are going to discuss -ed pronunciation.


Abc course book - handout - posters

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson learners will be able to use the past simple tense for describing a situation that happened in the past

Subsidiary Aims

  • Learners can write sentences about themselves in the past. They will recall, reuse and revise vocabulary from previous lessons .


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To create interest in the topic

I am going to ask students " what do you usually do at the weekend?using some pictures Do you write emails? Do you cook meals? Do you meet friends? Do you like reading? What is your favourite sport?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

In pairs, students will be given some pictures to talk about their last weekend. I watched TV. I cleaned my room. I did my homework. I saw a movie.

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

students will be asked questions related to the pictures, " what did he do last weekend?" where did she go last Sunday? Did she listen to the radio? when did they go shopping? I will write the answer on the board and underline the verbs in the past.

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

I will draw the students' attention to the sentences on the board. I will write the positive sentence followed by the negative sentence. Then a question. I will underline the verbs and ask the students which verb is in the past form. After eliciting answers from the students I will write the form on the board.Then], I will explain how to negate sentences using " didn't" After that, I am going to explain the difference between yes or no questions and informative questions. Then, I am going to explain how to say -ed endings by writing the voiced and unvoiced sounds on the board and how to know if the sound voiced or unvoiced using the vocal cords.

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

In pairs or groups, students will complete task A and B on their handout (In task A they need to write the past form of the verb) ( In task B they will put verbs in the correct column /d /, /t/ or /id/). When they finish, they will be given a worksheet. Students will be asked to write sentences in the past. I will model the exercise by writing the first item. Correct answers will be read by the students.

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