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Past simple
Elementary A2 level


In this lesson, students will practise the past simple using regular verbs in the context of people's lives.


Abc Course book New Headway Elementary

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of the past simple using regular verbs in the context of people's lives

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide listening for specific information


Warmer/Lead-in (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

To set the context I will hang a picture of my grandmother and a date on the right and the word "housewife" on the left. The aim of this is to engage students and to elicit questions from them about my grandmother. Is she your mother? How old is she? When was she born? what does she do? Then , I will ask the students to ask each other about their grandparents. Students will then watch a short video of Shirley Temple as a child, singing. I'll ask students a few questions about the girl in the video to arouse interest and engage them in the context of the lesson. Do you know who she is? What do you think is her job? How old do you think she is now?

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

Students will listen to the recording and complete the paragraph about Shirley Temple's life now. Peer feedback, then check their answers in the answer key that I will provide once they finish the task.

Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will then be given the grammar spot from the course book which they will answer individually, then check with their groups.

Clarification (5-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Whole class feedback of the language spot. Concept check the meaning of the past simple: Are the actions in the past? Are they finished? Do we know when they happened exactly? Drilling of the pronunciation of worked, started, danced, liked, retired. Eliciting the rule to forming the past simple for regular verbs

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

Students will be divided into three groups. Each group will be given two sets of cards one of the verbs in the infinitive, while the other is of the the past form of the verbs. Which group finishes the matching first.

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

Students will first complete the questions in exercise 6 (page 53 of the coursebook) by using text C which (depending on time, will either have it filled out and projected on the board, or fill it out themselves and have the correction projected on the board) in pairs. Students will then, practise asking and answering the questions, I will be monitoring and I'll provide correction where necessary,

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