burcu burcu

Present Simple Tense
Elementary level


This lesson will provide clarification of present simple to include questions and short answer through the listening.


Abc p 25, Listening ex 4-5, Grammar ex1-4
Abc p 25, Listening ex 4-5, Grammar ex1-4
Abc speaking

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with clarification & practice of Present Simple positive and yes/no questions & short answers in the context of typical friends.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening and Speaking


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

Ask students what they remember from the last lesson. Stick 'men and women' on the board. Elicit the free time activities they have learned. Ask them which activities are for women, which activities are for men or both. Write some of the answers on board. Tell students to look at ex3 which the previous teacher gave out. Ask students to put a tick If they agree with the statements or put cross if they disagree.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a situation

Model the target structure students are going to use, eg I think men talk about sports but women don't talk about sports. Put students into pairs to compare their answers. Students will share their ideas using the target structure. Monitor the students.

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

Show the ex3. sentences on board. Get students attention on the target structure. Ask them to make questions and elicit short answers from students. Drill this for pronunciation. Ask whole class to turn statements into questions and negative and positive short answers.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Analyse the meaning, show it on the timeline. Analyse the form of the positive and questions on the whiteboard – elicit as much as you can from the Ss. ( Prepare something as a word document focusing on the form and show it on the board and elicit the form from students to make it less time-consuming)

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

Before listening, give instructions for grammar ex1 and give out worksheets to the students. Ask them to make questions and write their answers on the paper. Explain the Ss that they will listen to a man and a woman talk about their friends. While they listen, ask them to put tick or cross to the questions they wrote on the worksheet. Put Ss into pairs to compare their answers and then do open class feedback.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

For ex3, put Ss into pairs to practice asking and answering the same questions from ex1 & the listening. Monitor and pay attention to their pronunciation.

Free Practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

For some freer practice and personalization, use ex4. Get Ss to focus on “you” questions. they can use the statements from the first stage here. Drill some of the questions again. Then give them time to ask and answer each other. Make students walk around and speak to other people. Monitor for their accuracy. Take some general FB on what they found out about each other. Extra activity: Put them in pairs and give out the extra activity worksheet for extra speaking practice. Ss will ask questions and get information from their pairs.

Web site designed by: Nikue