Elizabeth Aksoy Elizabeth Aksoy

TP7 - Past Simple & Holidays
Elementary level


In this lesson students will learn to make affirmative and negative statements with the past simple tense, and also form questions.about the past. Students will produce the language by writing a postcard from an imaginary holiday.


Abc Past tense game handout
Abc Gap fill handout

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have learned to use the past simple tense in affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences, with regular verbs and some irregular verbs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will have the opportunity to practise writing in the context of a holiday postcard.


Lead in (5 minutes) • To introduce TL

Play a memory game. "I packed my suitcase with..."

Exposure (5 minutes) • To introduce TL (past tense)

T to create two columns on the WB. Write 'Packed' in the first and 'pack' in the second. T to provide more regular verbs for the second column (base form), and Ss to supply the correct form of the verb for the first column (past tense). T to provide some common irregular verbs. Regular and irregular verbs distinguished from each other. Rule clarified for regular verbs.

Practice 1 (5 minutes) • Very controlled practice of TL

Students to complete gap fill exercise for past tense of regular verbs. Pronunciation rules for 'ed' clarified if necessary during feedback.

Exposure (8 minutes) • To introduce TL

Label the two columns to introduce necessary meta-language Introduce forms for negative and interrogative statements. If there is time, address the difference between the question "Did you...?" and "What did you do?"

Practice 2 (7 minutes) • Controlled practice of TL

Past tense game. Divide students into A and B. Each student gets a sheet with base verbs written on it. The A sheets and B sheets are slightly different - only some of the verbs are the same. Each student takes it in turns to ask "Did you [go to the cinema]? Their partner replies "Yes I went to the cinema" or "No I didn't go to the cinema" depending on whether the activity is also on their sheet. How many activities are the same?

Practice 3 (15 minutes) • Free practice of TL

Ss to write a postcard from an imaginary holiday Compare postcards with a partner. "Can you turn some of the sentences into negatives or questions?"

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