Abdollah TP3, 12.8.2018 Review narrative tenses
Upper-Intermediate (B2) level


In this lesson, Ss review narrative tenses in the context of news and stories. the lesson starts with a warm-up that would remind Ss of the overall theme of the lesson, which is a personal story that teacher would share with Ss. this is followed by presenting a series of 5 pictures over the projector and also giving HOs of small different color sentences that need to be put in the order with their pairs to match with the pictures on the WB. Then we move to the language focus which would be the main part of the lesson and then controlled practice through a text about three men in an island. finally a freer practice via an exercise base on group work.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Narrative tenses in the context of News stories using appropriate tenses

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a contextualized situation in the context of stories


Warmer (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson and remind Ss of the overall theme of the lesson.

1st I'm going to set the scene by telling a personal experience when I arrived in Istanbul and the things that happened to me till I got home.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Then I'm going to show 5 pictures related to the grammar points that I would be clarifying in the language focus part. so Ss would be working on the pictures and matching the HO given to them in pairs. and then get feedback from the whole class

Highlighting (5-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Ss would be working on the language focus box and in pairs working out the differences in tenses. and then looking for that specific grammatical words in the reading.

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher would be drawing timelines on the board and showing the sentences that Ss had worked in the Exposure part. Then eliciting answers from Ss to put which tense in which timeline and which event happened another one and so on. Also using CCQs to clarify tenses.

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

Ss would be working on a text about three men, whose windsurfers broke because of waves. Then Ss check with their pairs and now by just looking at the answers in the bottom of their paper folded, and retelling the story to their pairs and if they have difficulty they can go back and take a quick look. then if there would be any time they can change their pairs just once and then retell the story.

Semi-controlled practice (This would be done if there will be enough time for freer practice, if not it will be omitted) (3-5 minutes) • Check Ss comprehension of putting tenses in a chronological order

HO about a burglary news is given to Ss. the story is fine but they need to put the events in order. so two HOs are given, one is the story and the other is the events ready to save the time and Ss just need to put them in the order. after they are done, the teacher gets feedback and then if there would be no need to clarify we move onto next stage.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

There is narrative consequence exercise which Ss in groups of 4-5 would sit in a circle and then each having a paper folded in 8 parts.Each S in each group writes an answer in 1st part and then hand it in, to the person on the left. Next, Ss write an answer for the 2nd question and so on till the last question. then in their groups, Ss unfold their papers and decide which of their 4 or 5 stories is the best/funniest. If time, ask a spokesperson from each group to read out their best stories.

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