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Copy of Past Continuous - Grammar & Listening
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn the past continuous tense.The lesson is based on grammar and listening. Ss learn the meaning and the form of the past continuous tense and use it in listening activity with.


Abc Face2Face Pre-intermediate
Abc Face2Face Pre-intermediate

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of past continuous tense in the context of first meetings.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist, specific information and detailed listening practice using a text about first meetings in the context of relationships.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will draw two people and a plane on the board. T: What can you see in the picture? Students will answer. I will refer students to say friends or best friends and a plane. Then I will say; I would like to tell you about the day I met my best friend. I was traveling back from London and we met on a plane. Then I'll ask Ss in pairs to ask each other below questions; How did you meet your best friend? What were you doing when you met your best friend? I will ask SS to change pairs. I will end the warm up .

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will provide students to read the very short text. I will give them 2 questions and I will ask them to find the answers. I will also try to review past simple as it will be used with the past continuous.

Clarification (4-6 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

I'll Draw a stick man on the board and call him Temel. then I'll Draw a horizontal line on the WB and put a vertical line part way along it. I will write TV and times: I'll say, Tell me about Temel last night. I will use eliciting, He watched TV at 10 O’clock. then I will ask, What time did he start to watch TV? (10 o’clock) then I will ask, so He watched TV at 10 o’clock means he started to watch at 10? (Yes) Ask, What time did he stop watching the TV? Do we know? We don’t know. I'll use ICQ I'll say, Tell me about Temel and 10.15. Students probably will say that he watched TV at 10:15. I will say, But He watched means he started to watch. Did he start to watch at 10:15? (No) Then I will say, he was watching TV at 10:15. I'll ask, When did he start to watch TV?

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss will do the exercise 1. Firstly I will give them clear instructions. Look at the photos tell me where were the people? In pairs, match the sentences with the pictures.I will monitor them while doing the exercises.Then I will ask them to listen and check the answers.

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

I will ask students to answer the questions for 2 a-b. I will ask them to check the answers in pairs. I will write the answers on the board them to check. Students will continue with listening activity first. Then I will ask students to complete exercise 4 a-b in groups. I will ask them to discuss the answers. I will ask them to listen to the answers and check it.

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

I will ask students to speak with each other about specific times. Such as how was their day yesterday or what they were doing last summer.

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