TP3b 5 June 2014 De Castro
Upper Intermediate (B2) level
To review and extend Ss' awareness of present tenses (simple, continuous and perfect) and related time phrases, and to give controlled and freer practice in them, in the context of family and family history.
To give Ss practice in speaking for fluency.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Ss take a look at the time phrases in first ex. I proceed to explain what the activity is about. The presentation is adapted so ex 1 looks like a matching task. For instance, group time expressions in ex 3 in the book will appear on the left side and tenses on the right side in ex. 1 of H/O. Ss work in small groups (3 or 4) and complete first part of the task. Using a time expression from each group, I put three model sentences on the w/b: "For generations my family has dined together". "Currently, my sister and my brother are living in different countries". "I call my mother regularly". Ss write 3 sentences about their families (using the tenses and the time expressions from each box) and then peer check..Monitoring and checking for accuracy follows in order to detect any error and/or common problem which should be dealt with in FB. In groups of 4, ss work with a set of 4 cards where the time expressions are written. Cards are placed face down and, in turns, ss say a sentence with the phrase they get from the picked card. Some FB on any problem in case of any problem at the end.
Working in pairs now, Ss read ex 2 (H/O) and a related question is asked: "Where is the person originally from?", "What does he do now"? Reading of the task to be done quickly and FB taken. Ss fill in the gaps using the appropriate verb forms. Answer key provided on the W/B so ss check their answers and if, necessary, some FB. Timelines might be drawn on the WB (or CCQ) so ss have another way of understanding present tenses.
In pairs ss choose 4 out of 10 question from ex 3 (H/O). Ss interview each other using the question each partner chose.