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Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn past simple tense irregular verbs in the context of celebrations. Students will realize regular and irregular verbs through guided discovery and then practice the irregular verbs with controlled and semi-controlled (game) tasks. At the end of the lesson, the students will produce the past simple tense using regular/irregular verbs.


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Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of past simple irregular verbs in the context of celebrations

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of irregular verbs in the context of celebrations
  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a interview in the context of celebrations


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Greet the students, ask them to introduce themselves briefly. Remind them the blog texts they've read in the previous lesson (p.62 A-B-C) and ask them to remember what they were about. Elicit the word "celebration".

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Write two sentences from the blog texts on the board; -Richard's party was last night. -Richard started with the company in 1975. (M) Ask students when did these actions/situations occur. Did they happen in the past or are they happening now? Underline the time expressions in the sentences (last night/in 1975) to emphasize that these events happened in the past (F) Ask students to remind you of the rule of past simple tense. Elicit (+) 'verb + -ed' (started)

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Now, ask students about the second sentence; -Richard's party was last night. Which one is the verb? What is the infinitive form of the verb? Why it did not take -ed? Elicit ideas from the students.

Clarification (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Provide clarification referring to the example sentences; Most verbs are regular: We add -ed to the verb (start-ed) Most common verbs are irregular: There word itself changes, there is no rule (be(is/are)--was/were Negative and question forms do not change when irregular verbs are used; (-) did not + verb (?) did + subject + verb

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students complete Ex. 2 (p.63). They find and underline 11 different irregular verbs and write the infinitive form. Give them the irregular verbs list and ask them to check their answers in pairs.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Pair up the students and give each pair the Bingo chart including the past simple form of irregular verbs. Briefly explain the students how to play and demonstrate. -I will say the infinitive form of a verb out loud and you will find the past simple verb and write the infinivitve form under it. When you complete a row vertically or horizontally say 'BINGO!'. After each pair says 'bingo!' ask them to choose two words from the row they completed and write sentences using those individually. Elicit one sentence from each student.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students in pairs complete Ex.3. They write the questions. They then interview each other (Ex. 4 p. 63) about a celebration they attended in the past using the sentences in Ex. 1 Speaking. Monitor and note down the good and problematic language use. Wrap-up the lesson and give delayed feedback.

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