shrouk shabara
Intermediate level


in this lesson, students learn more about the past simple, continuous and perfect tenses through the context of cheating. They already know the three tenses, but they will know more about the slight differences between them through seeing their uses at the same time and differentiating between them. the class will start with a slight general talk between me and the students so that I can break the ice. After that, i will let them watch a two-minute video which represents a footballer cheating to score a penalty. then i will let them tell me the ideas about it and after that, I give them a brief passage and ask them to tell me the tenses of the highlighted verbs. Afterwards, I will give them the whole passage so that they read it in no more than 20 seconds and then tell me their ideas and feelings after reading it. Then, comes the time for a detailed writing where they scan to underline some verbs and define their tenses. Then, I will pronounce three sentences in the three tenses and I will let them repeat afterwards. Then, comes the time for them to tell me the formation and the function of every tense. Of course I know that it is going to be easy for them to tell me more about all those past tenses, but the one which might be a little bit confusing is the past perfect tense and its uses which are not only related to sentences with two verbs in the past. After that, I will let them speak freely about cheating as a personal experience or a close person`s.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the past simple, continuous and perfect tenses in the context of cheating

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and detailed reading practice using a text about if you really want to win, cheat in the context of famous cheating moments in sport


Warmer/Lead-in (3-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will use a video which shows a boy cheating while playing football and and actually everyone believes him. This video will let them be involved in the context of the lesson and make them unconsciously think of their previous experiences with it whether it is related to them or to someone they know or even do not know. there will be thee questions on the board left for them to think of while watching the video and they are: 1) Did the boy laying on the ground fall in purpose? yes 2) was the penalty his team had fair? why or why not? No, because he cheated 3) do you agree with what he did? why or why not?

Pre-Reading/Listening (3-4 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

First, I will present them the first box about soccer with three highlighted verbs and ask them to identify their tenses. Second, there will be another question asking about the uses of the three tenses to test their memory and what they really know and what they do not remember that much. If they cannot answer all of them, then it is great that they answered some and that will help me go on with my lesson smoothly.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

They will read the whole passage for gist for 20 seconds and afterwards they will discuss ,the feeling, ideas, thoughts and memories they have gone through while reading, for a minute to exchange their ideas and then share them with me for a minute.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

The students will start reading for about 3 minutes to identify how the other two players cheated. After that, they will check together for a minute and then share their answers with me for thirty seconds. Afterwards, I will start the stage of pronunciation where they repeat the sentences after me and then after checking their pronunciation, I will move to the sentences formation and then to their uses which are clarified in the lesson, and that need to be clarified so that they can achieve the aims meant for the lesson to be achieved.

Post-Reading/Listening (3-5 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

It will be a free activity where I will just ask them to discuss with one another in pairs about cheating and whether they know someone cheated and went away with it or not. And of course, if any feedback is needed, it will be provided.

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