To provide students with clarification, review and practice of simple past in the context of memories of school.
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
Write PAST SIMPLE TENSE in capital letters on the board. Put the students in groups and ask them to come up with a verb in past form for every letter. The first group that writes down accurate answers win. Then ask them to make short sentences with those verbs in past simple tense. CCQs I had pasta for dinner last night. Did I eat pasta last night? Yes Am I eating pasta right now? No Will I eat pasta tomorrow? No
Give the students a table with two columns, one of them filled with the following infinitives: hate, listen, leave, love, study, talk, teach, try. Ask the students to work in pairs and fill out the second column with the same verbs in past tense. Then give out the handout with the audioscripts 1.16-1/18 and ask the students to find the right answers from the text and check the answers with their group. Then come up to the board and write down their answers.
In order to highlight the TL, instruct the students to categorize the verbs they used last exercise into four groups depending on their past forms, in their groups. (Regular verbs ending with -ed, -d and -ied and irregular forms) Then let the volunteer students come up and write down the answers for everyone to check.
Show the positive-negative-question slide which has all three forms of past simple tense. FORM: positive -> subject + verb in past tense + noun negative -> subject + did not + infinitive + noun question -> Did + subject + infinitive + noun? EXAMPLES: Positive: I did my homework. CCQs: Did I do my homework? Yes Am I doing my homework now? No Negative: I didn't do my homework. CCQs: Did I do my homework? No Am I doing my homework now? No Question: Did you do your homework? CCQs: Do I know if you did your homework? No PRONUNCIATION: Demonstrate the intonation of each sentence.
In order to check the students full understanding, hand out the fill in the gaps activity. Let them work in pairs and then check their answers with their group.
Let the students write a similar dialogue. Pair them and let them write together. Then tell the pairs to share their ideas with their groups.