Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn how to make questions in present simple based on a listening tape about typical friends. The lesson starts with referring back to the previous lesson to have them remember the structure. Then, they are introduced to the form. Next, there are two controlled practices. After that, there's a freer practice. Finally, there's a FB stage.


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Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with clarification & practice of Present Simple – yes/no questions & short answers in the context of typical friends.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in listening for specific information and semi-controlled speaking for accuracy.


Lead-in (5-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Link to the previous lesson & the listening & the sentences used in Listening ex3 to lead you into ex 4 – see what Ss remember.

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

Ss do ex4 alone & then compare their ideas in pairs (ex5). No FB.

Highlighting (5-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Use one of the statements to elicit a Yes/No question & short answer. Remember to drill this for pronunciation. Encourage Ss to make Yes/No Qs based on the statements in the previous exercise (from Listening ex3) - & ask these across class in open pairs to get some FB on their ideas from the previous stage & give some controlled oral practice of the TL.

Clarification (7-7 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Analyze the form of the Q on the whiteboard (w/b). Elicit as much as you can from the Ss.

Controlled Practice 1 (7-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Use the listening in ex1&2 – get Ss to make the questions first in ex 1 then listen & answer. Use the listening as an answer key for their questions. They can then check the speakers’ answers. Get Ss to peer-check before taking whole-class FB (w/c FB).

Controlled practice 2 (7-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

For ex3, put Ss into pairs to practice asking and answering the same questions from ex1 & the listening. Monitor and pay attention to their pronunciation.

Semi-controlled practice (7-7 minutes) • To provide students with semi-free practice of the target language

For some freer practice and personalization, use ex4. Get Ss to focus on “you” Qs – they can use the statements from the first stage here. You could drill some of the questions again. Then give them time to ask and answer each other. This could be as a mingle so they walk around and speak to other people. Monitor for their accuracy. Take some general FB on what they found out about each other.

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