Justin Justin

Tuesday 8th of April
Elementary level


In this lesson, students are introduced to the simple past tense in the context of 'my weekend'. After a warmer, students listen to an anecdote about my weekend in the past tense. Then they practice past tense by a complete sentence activity, followed by a similar exercise. Finally students have an opportunity to practice speaking for accuracy using the past simple. If there is extra time students do a freer speaking exercise.


Abc Ex. 1-2-3
Abc Ex. 4
Abc Speaking model sentences
Abc Grammar Hand-out
Abc Football

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the past simple tense in the context of 'my weekend'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a dialogue in the context of 'my weekend'


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

Every weekend I play football. On Sunday evening I played football. I had a lot of fun. What did you do on Sunday? Ask 3 students.

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

I tell students about my weekend using mime. It contains about 10 verbs. I ask students to discuss in groups of 3 what I did on the weekend. Ask a few students to share with the group --> FB

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

I present the meaning of the past simple by pointing over my shoulder. I draw a timeline on the board with now, future and past. Then I present the form of past simple verb+ed I model the use with an example sentence. Then I explain there are three different types of pronunciation

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

Ss complete sentences in Ex. 1/2 Check in pairs. Then ex. 3, ss change the sentences from present to past simple

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

SS will do ex. 4. See if they can put the verbs in the right position and in the past simple. Check in pairs. Then pyramid into bigger groups. Then check w/c

semi-controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with speaking for accuracy opportunity using past simple

I model a conversation by myself. I model a conversation with one student SS walk around the class with their hand-outs and have speaking

Extra exercise (5 minutes) • to provide students with an opportunity for freer speaking

In pairs tell your partner a story about your childhood

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