Yasaman Ibayeva Yasaman Ibayeva

Irregular verbs lesson
Elementary, A1/A2 level


This lesson continues Simple Past Tense and introduces irregular verbs through presentation, practice and production (PPP) based on the reading text about millionaire Ben Way. The lesson starts with a discussion about what students did yesterday which will help them to recycle regular verbs. Then showing the photo of Ben Way and a short paragraph about him will help ss to get some information about him. Next stage is focusing on the verb '' made'' in the text and making ss realize that all verbs are not regular. Students will be introduced the list of Irregular verbs and they will do listening exercises related to irregular verbs to improve their receptive skill.The lesson will also focus on the development of students' productive skill by encouraging them to ask questions to one another and take part in panel discussions about the topic.


Abc Projection of Ben Way's photo and text about him
Abc Vocabulary Matching H/O
Abc Vocabulary cards
Abc H/O ex 1 p 48
Abc The list of Irregular verbs : Projector and H/O

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Irregular verbs in the context of making money

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of pronunciation of [t], [d], [id]
  • To provide deduction listening practice using a text about Past Simple verbs in the context of pronunciation of [t], [d], [id]


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

Encourage ss to talk about activities done in the past. Review some regular verbs and use them in the sentences. Ask them about the ways they earned money in the past.

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

Demonstrate the projection of millionaire Ben Way and show the short paragraph about him. Ask questions about his life and make ss discuss the information about him. Encourage ss to highlight the verbs in the text.

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

Explain the meaning and usage of some irregular verbs in the sentences by eliciting with the help of questions. Encourage them to find other irregular verbs in the text.

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

Make ss realize that all verbs are not regular. Explain their meaning and use in the sentences by describing different situations and eliciting the verbs. Provide them with the list of irregular verbs . Do listening exercises 4 and 5 on page 48 and make them repeat the words. If there are mistakes in the pronunciation any word, focus on them.

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

Do exercise about Ben's life on page 49. Then ss change their papers and compare their answers. Provide them with answer key to check their answers.

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

Students fill the gaps in the ex 1 on page 48. Then they compare and check their answers.

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

Ss use the questions in the ex 1 and working in pairs talk about their activities in the past. Then one of them describes past activities of another one to the whole class. Moreover, students match the cards showing regular verbs with those of irregular verbs in groups. After they finish they use the list of Irregular verbs and check their answers.

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