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Past simple (Negative)
Elemantary level


In this lesson students learn about negative form of past tense based on the context of my last weekend. The lesson starts with making links to the previous lesson and continues in the same context. This is followed by a practice part which includes a listening task, The lesson ends with a speaking activity called "you did it" which will give them an opportunity to practice what they have learnt and produce their own sentences.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of negative form of past tense in the context of my last weekend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about weekend activities in the context of my last weekend


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

T starts the lesson by making links to the previous lesson. Since the positive form of the past tense has already been taught, T will build on their knowledge to add the new information.

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

T describes different situations through some pictures of activities she/he did last weekend and tries to elicit and introduce the related form to sts. T also uses his/her fingers to help sts figure out what they hear. Some repetitions follow to familiarize sts with the correct pronunciations before showing the form. T continues to do it until sts have their own picture of what T is trying to say.

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

Having familiarized sts with the target language, T puts the form on the board. A great amount of substitution drills follow to clarify the new form and show the difference between affirmative and negative forms of past tense. This part is followed by some concept check questions to make sure sts are able to distinguish the difference between the two forms.

Listening for specific information (4-8 minutes) • To help sts have a practice on the topic through a listening task

In this stage T gives hand-outs to sts. STs will listen to a conversation in the context of "Rashin's Last Weekend" . Sts listen for specific information to say if the sentences written on hand-outs are true or false according to the listening.

Practice and Production (5-8 minutes) • To concept check further and guide sts to produce sentences using the TL

T gives hand-outs of an activity called 'You did it". Instructions are given trough modelling, open pair and then in closed pairs. Sts use the prompts written on the hand-outs and take turns to guess and try to make sentences. T keeps monitoring and taking notes. The lesson ends with writing some of sts' errors on the board and ask the whole class to correct them.

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