Stories behind photos, Past Continious
Pre-Intermediate (A2) level
To provide clarification, review and practice of the past continuous tense in contrast with simple past in the context of stories behind photos
To provide gist reading practice using a text about the story behind the photo in the context of a moment in history
Procedure (27-38 minutes)
*T projects a photo taken by a news photographer Tom Pilston in 2008 (with no title under it). *T points to the photo and asks: 'What do you think is happening'? Sts respond with action verbs. (e.g. listening, looking at smth/smb), etc. *T points at people and asks: 'What were they doing?' Sts respond. *T asks: 'Where were they looking at'? Sts respond. *T asks: Look at these four statements and choose one which best describes the photo.Sts. choose one.
*T points to the text and says: 'You are going to read a text 'The story behind a photo - A moment in history'. *T says: 'While reading, answer the questions in ex.1c'. *Sts. check their answers in pairs before w/c FB. *Then T projects answers on the w/b for OPFB.
*T projects ex.2a on the w/b. *T points to the highlighted language. *T asks: Which of these two statements does the highlighted language refer to? : a. after he took the photo, b. at the same time as he took the photo. *T says: You have got 1 minute to think in pairs. *In 1 minute, Sts respond.
*Students will undertake a guided discovery task to focus on the meaning, form and pronunciation of the Past Continuous Tense. *The students will first work on the meaning section of the guided discovery independently (3 mins). *Then Sts will discuss answers in pairs (1 min). *Then T clarifies the meaning through OPFB. *During this feedback, T boards the sentence and draws a timeline. *Sts then complete the form focus (3mins) with OCFB (2mins). *T monitors and micro-teaches where appropriate.
*T says: Now you do a gap-fill activity. You have six sentences to work on. *T asks ICQs: 1. Which form of the verb do we use for Past Simple? Sts respond. 2. How do we form the Past Continuous Tense? Sts respond. 3. What do we write to connect the past simple and the past continuous tense? Sts respond: 'when'. *Sts do the task individually first. *T micro-teaches and carries out monitoring just before the Sts. check answers in pairs. *T project answers on the WB.
*T names the Sts -apple, -banana, -kiwi, -orange *Sts change their sits according to their 'fruit' name. *Sts are told that they are going to listen to the sounds and make a sentence using the past continuous tense and the past simple. *Students check their answers with partner. *T projects an answer key on the board.