Chris Herriage Chris Herriage

Unit 6A: Grammer, listening and reading
Elementary level


Students will practice the simple past grammatical structure of ''to be,''while improving receptive skills lıke reading and listening.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of simple past of ''to be'' (was/were) in the context of stories about past birthday parties.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will improve on reading for detail, and listening for gist and detail.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Take roll: Ask---Who is here today? take names Ask: Where are we? write FB on WB as reverse mind map...elicit "place" Have Ss do the same with the HO, one topic for each group. 4 Groups

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Listen for gist. Each group is listening for ONE specific topic (food, place, drinks, etc.) Ss can write on back of HO Play audio example R6.1 Get FB from groups. Put text on Overhead...each group can highlight their topic on WB. Use different colors.

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

Put text on WB, search for past tense was/were. Circle with marker.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Meaning: simple past is used to talk about things that happened in the past. Mime: I am here. Move. I was there. Ask: How old are you? Last year? Elicit was/were. I am a teacher. I was a student. They are married. They were single. Draw form: Have Ss work individually on HO. Check in groups. Get FB, clarify any questions. Pronunciation. Was= waz. Were= wir I was at the party. Stress on subject and object.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Put text of Ex 5 on WB. In groups, have Ss circle answers. 2 qs for each group

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

Have Ss read questions for next listening task (HO). Present audiofile and have them answer qs individually. After, check with group.

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

Think about your last birthday party. Can you remember it? Give details: place, food, drink, people, etc. Tell your group about it. Ss should ask questions, like the ones from previous exercise.

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