Matthew Simpson Matthew Simpson

Talking about the past
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about the simple past. Focusing on reading and checking understanding with controlled tasks.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and deduction reading practice using a text about Past events in their lifes. in the context of Family, Personal

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice, clarification and review of Past simple verbs in the context of Family, personal


INTRODUCTION - TALKING ABOUT THE PAST (3-5 minutes) • To introduce them to the topic and set the scene and context of the lesson.

Short Intro which will include visual aids in the form of a past-future timeline. Simple past questions... "Tell me about your last holiday..."

PRE READING LEAD IN (3-5 minutes) • Personalise a topic of discussion

A variety of questions and ask the students to ask their partners relating to the past and past events.


Work sheet 1. Fill in the gaps with the verbs provided using past tenses. Read statements and identify true or false.

Board work - Explaining (5-10 minutes) • Explaining in more depth the past...

Explain on the board with single, repeated and temporary events...

Work sheet 2 -Talking about the past (5-10 minutes) • To teach a deeper understanding of the past tenses.

Multiple exercises.

RECAP (3-5 minutes) • Refresh memory

To go over the lesson to check understanding

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