To reinforce knowledge of past simple with the verb to be in recordings and writing activities
To practice speaking and listening
Procedure (37-50 minutes)
We begin with a simple worksheet from the esllounge.com website that allows the students to practice was/were in simple questions. This way, they reinforce what they have already learned about was/were. After this brief worksheet, I ask everyone's jobs and write them down on the board. Then I elicit how we would make these jobs into questions with the verb "to be" (for example, "are you a doctor?") I elicit this by writing _____________ ____________ a doctor?
I tell the class now we can look at some famous people and their jobs on pages 66-67 of the New Headway book. We discuss the various people as a class. I will elicit the jobs by asking the students if they know who these people are rather than simply explaining it, since they will know most of them. For example, instead of telling them "Andy Warhol was a painter," I will ask them "Do you know who Andy Warhol was?"
The students listen to the recording on T9.7 on page 66 of the New Headway book and fill in the birth years of the different people. I will test their comprehension by asking them when they were born. If they don't seem to know, we can listen again.
Now that I know the students' jobs, I ask the students some questions about their jobs where I know the answer will be no. For example, if I know a student is a doctor, I might ask them if they are a teacher. This will prepare them for the next listening activity, where they listen to the T9.9 recording where they listen to jobs that people didn't have and fill in the blanks on page 67 of the book.
I go through the various questions on the teacher-made worksheet that inquire about the students using both present tense are and past tense were. I write the various words with slashes on the board, such as "At the beach/yesterday?" and elicit how we can make this into a question. If necessary, I can write _______ ______ at the beach yesterday? to elicit "were you at the beach yesterday?" After we have gone through all the answers, I give out the sheet and have the students walk around the room asking each other these questions.