Yelena Yelena

Collaborative learning.Reading and Speaking, using Past Simple.
Mixed. level


In this lesson, the students will practise the Past Simple tense and reading skills through the reading about the "Phones one hundred years ago." As well as learning about the Past Simple form of verbs and practising them. The students will be able to practise their reading skills, through skimming and scanning. The main aim of this lesson will be to get my students to practise reading and speaking for fluency on a questionnaire-based speaking activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan and inference students read and speak in the context of technology (phones)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Past Simple in the context of Phones. How many differences between the phones from the 1910s and today?


Warmer/Lead-in (10-14 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1. Ask students about telephones and communications. 2. Have them to discuss and describe in pairs/ groups, how the phones are a part of daily life? 3. Ask about the things that modern phones can do. 4. How are phones different?

Pre-Reading/ vocabulary building (5-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

To show students on display the images of the learning glossary and the definition of the words. Vocabulary: candlestick, earpiece, invent, mouthpiece, operator, switchboard. Provide students with a printable version of the task. Students need to guess and connect the images and the definition. They can work in small groups. Then they check the answers.

While-Reading #1 (10-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading task

Students scan the text for 5 minutes. They read independently for the gist. Ask questions for comprehension: How telephones changed the lives of people? How did people communicate in the past? How easy it communicate with friends and family then? What would it have been like to live with no telephone?

While-Reading #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Students read the text again for the deduction. They need to find all the verbs in the Past Simple, highlight them and copy in their writing journals. Ask students the concept questions (G. Workman,2006, p.12): 1. "Is the action in the past? 2. Is the action finished? 3. Is there any connection to the present? 4. Do we know when it happened?" Let them discuss with the partners to check their answers.

Post-Reading/speaking (10-15 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Provide the students with the list of the questions. First, demo a few questions with a two, three students. Let students interview their classmates, at least 2 partners.

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