Christopher Christopher

Teaching Practice 2
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, sts will be introduced to grammatical constructions involving the past simple verb form. They will learn the difference between the infinitive and the past simple, and learn the proper past participle for both regular and irregular verbs. They will also learn the correct structure of verbs in the simple past that include an element of negativity or a question word. Then, they will fill in the blanks while reading a short conversation that uses verbs that involve both the simple past and the infinitive.


Abc Handout
Abc Handout

Main Aims

  • To introduce the proper constructions for sentences involving the past tense in negative, interrogative, and affirmative sentences.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice writing and identifying grammatical structures involving the past tense in both questions and affirmative sentences.


Introduction to the Infinitive and past simple. (13-15 minutes) • To ensure sts are familiar with the infinitive and know how to differentiate it from the past simple form of a verb.

Write the sentence "I like to...?" on the board and ask students what they like to do, writing down their answers. Underline the infinitives that will be a part of their answer and explain that this form is not conjugated and constitutes the "dictionary" form of the verb. Then ask them to form the past simple form of each verb on the board with a partner. Write each answer on the board and give a brief explanation of how to form the simple past (-d/-ed/-ied/irregular) from both regular and irregular verbs.

Grammar exercise 1 (5-7 minutes) • Learn the past simple forms of regular and irregular verbs.

Pass out the first handout (pg. 16) to the students. Tell them to write down the correct form of each verb in the appropriate column. After they have been working for two to three minutes hand out the other handout (pg. 134) and tell them to check their answers using the tapescripts from 1.16 to 1.18. While they are doing this write down each verb on the board and ask some of the students to come up to the board and write the correct form for each one. Go over each answer with the sts to make sure they have understood.

Grammar exercise 2 (8-10 minutes) • To make sure sts understand the 4 different ways to form verbs in the simple past and recognize the category that each past form belongs to.

Tell students to work with a partner to separate each verb form into one of the four categories listed in the exercise. Write down each category on the board and ask students where they have placed each verb, writing down their answers in each category. Provide more examples of verbs as necessary until students seem to understand.

Forming negatives and questions in the past simple. (5-7 minutes) • To briefly introduce the grammar that they will need to complete the next section.

Have the sts read the table under grammar exercise 2 and write down a few examples on the board. "Did you eat breakfast today?" "What did you do this weekend?" "Where did you go to school?" "I didn't sleep well last night." " He didn't come yesterday." Explain the structure and gauge understanding using the above questions as CCQs.

Grammar exercise 3 (14-16 minutes) • To ensure sts have understood the grammar presented in the lesson by providing examples of usage and fill-in-the blank-conversations.

Ask the students to get in small groups and work on grammar exercise 3. Monitor throughout to make sure they are understanding and don't need more help. After ten minutes, go over each question with them as a group and explain the answers while clarifying any mistakes and misunderstandings that may exist.

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