Positive and negative sentences in the present simple third person singular
A1/2 level


In this lesson, students learn about the differences that occur to verbs in present simple with the third person singular through guided discovey. The lesson begins with listing the form of positive and negative sentences in present simple, followed by drilling to notice the different sounds at the end of each infinitive in addition to a listening in order to learn how to link between consonants and vowels while reading. At the end of the lesson, students practice what was taught to them during the lesson using many sentences.


Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc is it "s" or "es" handout
Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc how-active-is-your-partner handout

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of positive and negative sentences in the present simple in the context of free time activites.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To be able to differenciate between the sounds /s/ /z/ and /ɪz/ at the end of the verbs in present simple 3rd person singular, and to link between consonants and vowels while reading a sentence or a text


Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I am going to write 4 sentences in the present simple 3rd person singular on the w/b. I am going to ask students which ones are negative and which ones are positive. Then elicit the characteristics of both positive and negative sentences. After that, I will hand them the gab-fill task to make the rules on the handsouts complete.

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

Back to the sentences on the board, reading the verbs, noticing the different pronunciations of the end of each verb, and underlining the different endings of the verbs.

Controlled Practice (15-20 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- I am going to give the students the "s" or "es" handouts. They are going to write the correct ending of each verb while listening to a recording of the same verbs being pronounced. The class is going to do do a peer-check and we will correct the exercise together. - I am going to hand the students the gap-fill handout, and I am going to ask them to listen to the recording and fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verbs. The class will do a peer-check and we are going to correct the exercise together. - We are going to drill a few sentences from the exercise to make sure the students are aware of the consonant-vowel linking

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

I am going to put students in pairs, I am going to ask each individual to read the sentences on the handouts, to look at their partner and guess if he or she does or doesnt do a certain thing. Then each individual is going to ask his or her partner about the sentences using the form : Do you? , while his or her partner is going to answer with : Yes I do or No I don't

Free Practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Each student is going to tell another student about his or her partner.

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