Laura Woodward Laura Woodward

Demo Lesson Simple Past Yes/No Questions
Elementary A2 level


In this lesson ss will review past simple regular and irregular verbs using the question forms with Did and Was/Were. They will notice language in a text, listen for specific information, practise the /t/, /d/, /t/ endings of past simple verbs and practise question forms.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson ss will have been introduced to and briefly practised the past simple tense using Yes/No questions in the context of travelling.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise reading for gist and specific information.
  • To practise listening for specific information


Lead-in (3-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Focus ss' attention on the Powerpoint pictures and try to elicit as much information from them as possible. For example: Who is s/he? How old do you think they are? What do you think they're hoping for/dreaming about? etc...

Pre-teach vocabulary (8-12 minutes) • To prepare ss for the text where they will notice language in context

Elicit, concept check, drill and write (if necessary) the following vocabulary: to book online to check-in to take off to land expensive cheap ticket teenager Most of this vocabulary will be on a PP presentation

Exposure to target language. To practise reading for specific information (10-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

Ss will now underline the verbs in the text as a 'noticing' task. Demonstrate how to do this by checking that the class actually remembers what 'underline' means. Do at least three examples together. Provide visual feedback on the desks so that ss can check in groups. Quick aural discrimination activity. Stick verbs on the board and do a fly-swatting recognition activity. Ss have been sitting for a while and need to move around. Ss listen and find correct answer - which Sydney? Depending on time, ss may do a matching task in two large groups as an extension of revising the difference between the base and simple past form, and to energise the class.

Test (8-13 minutes) • To see what ss already know about these forms and give them some basic practice of the forms

Demo the task as a class and get ss to work in pairs. CHANGE PAIRS! Monitor and check - Feedback provided by choosing one ss per group to be the 'teacher'

Teach - Highlighting (6-12 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Elicit as much as possible then check meaning where necessary. Show form on the PP presentation Allow time for ss to write the forms to take away for further reference.

Freer Practice (8-18 minutes) • To provide students with personalised practice of the target language

Demonstrate this task very carefully. Provide ready-made questions if necessary Get ss to walk around and ask each other.

Feedback (4-8 minutes) • To provide delayed error correction if time

Write up a mixture of correct and incorrect forms and allow ss time to decide in their groups.

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