Paz Paz

Pre-Intermediate level


To practice and understand the difference between past simple and past continuous


Abc English Unlimited
Abc Jailhouse Lyrics

Main Aims

  • To practice past simple and past continuous to show their different uses.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To speak in these grammar forms in the context of the story


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

Ss work in groups to look at the blog post and identify the examples of past continuous and past simple to answer 3a and 3b.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Ss work in different groups to answer the questions in 4a to reinforce the form of past continuous

Useful Language (10-15 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Ss listen to the song "Jailhouse" by Sublime with missing lyrics and fill in the blanks while listening. Then we have a brief discussion about the song, particularly about how past continuous and past simple are used in the lyrics.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

We look at the Ten Dollar Bill story and fill in the blanks with past continuous or past simple verbs in groups.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ss continue the story with their own verbs orally.

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