Simple Present Tense (I/ you/ we/ they) Negative and yes/no questions
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss are provided with clarification and practice of Simple Present Tense (I/ you/ we/ they) Negative and yes/no questions through guided discovery.


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Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with clarification and practice of simple present (I/ you/ we/ they) negative and yes/no questions in the context of free time activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy in practicing dialogues, questions and answers in Simple Present Tense (I, You, We, They)


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

Ask Ss "do you remember Jeanette's free time activities?". Have Ss repeat Jeanette's free time activities. As follow-up, ask Ss if they do the same activities as Jeanette. E.g. "Do you watch TV in the evenings?" The answer will probably be yes for such a questions, ask them questions that they would probably say no to. E.g. "Do you go fishing in the evenings?" No. You can try to elicit "No, I don't". "Do you go to concerts?" Yes, I do. Do you go to opera? No, I don't. Drill their sentences as w/c and individually so that they can be familiarized with the Present Simple Tense negative.

Highlighting (6-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Have Ss look at the table in ex 4a as a guided discovery task so Ss work negative form out for themselves in pairs/groups. Draw the table on the w/b with blanks below (subject, auxiliary, infinitive) and put Ss in groups of 3-4 and give them your previously cut example negative sentences (4 sentences max.) so that they can come to the board one by one and write the word in the correct category. Do not let anyone go back to their seat after they write their answers. Look at the board altogether to see if there are any errors. Ask CCQs about negative form at this stage before sending them back to their seats.

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

Get Ss to make the sentences in ex 5a true for themselves Project the sentences on the w/b and have Ss raise their hands if they have put a tick or not for the sentences and drill some answers as w/c. At this stage, model "me too" with a S or two. Have Ss compare their answers for the sentences and make sure they say "me too" for the same answers they have while monitoring.

Clarification (3-4 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Use the chart in ex 6 as a guided discovery, so Ss work it out for themselves in pairs/groups. Project the chart on the w/b in ex 6 and have Ss tell you as w/c which words go to which category and fill in the gaps with a boardmarker. Fill out the chart. Drill the information on the chart with the Ss so that they get more familiarized with the form and pronunciation. Show intonation with an arrow on the questions.

Semi-Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Have Ss listen to ex 7a for how we usually say "do you". Do some drilling as w/c. Now have Ss listen to the questions in ex 7b and fill in the gaps. Do some drilling as w/c and individually.

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

Have Ss do ex 8 individually Have them check their answers with a partner Listen and check Have Ss say A and B one after the other and have them stand up making a line in the class Have Ss read the dialogue copying the stress and weak forms in the listening Change roles and have them re-read the dialogue

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