Zeinab Elmogy Zeinab Elmogy

past tenses:simple,continuous,perfect
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about past tenses ( simple,continuous,perfect) through guided discovery based on a text about cheating moments in sport. The lesson starts with a discussion about cheating in sports. This is followed by gist reading to be familiar with the text. Finally there is some controlled practice fill in the gaps and free practice


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of past tenses: simple, continuous, perfect in the context of cheating in sport

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about famous cheating moments in sport in the context of cheating in sport


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

I'll write on the board ( If you really want to win, cheat ) and I'll ask students ( Do you agree with this sentence or not? Why?

Exposure (3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I'll ask students to read alone the article and find out how the people cheating.then tell them to check their answer in pairs.

Highlighting (3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I'll ask students to work in pairs to look at the highlighted verbs in text 1,then I'll ask What three tenses are they? and tell them to underline an example of each tense in the other two texts

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

I'll ask students to write the tense beside its meaning and I'll check with them. Then I'll write three examples on the board and ask CCQs to check their understanding and I'll elicit the form of each tense .Finally I'll drill the whole sentences with the students.

Controlled Practice (5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

I'll ask students to complete the sentences with the suitable tense of the verbs in brackets. Then tell them to check in pairs . Finally I'll check with them

Semi-Controlled Practice (5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Give Ss HO3 to choose the correct answer . Work alone first then check in pairs ,finally I'll check with them.

Free Practice (5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

I'll divide students to work in small groups. Ask them to tell a story about a time you or someone you know cheated ( on an exam or in a sport / game)

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