Chris Herriage Chris Herriage

Unit 7A: License to Kill: Speaking
Elementary level


In this lesson students will practice speaking for accuracy and fluency using the simple past. Students will order, ask, and answer yes/no questions using the simple past, read an article about Pierce Bronsan for detail and ask/answer questions to verify information, and practice controlled, semi-controlled and freer speaking.


Abc Born to be Bond

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency in using the simple past to ask and answer yes/no questions, and to check information in the context of past activities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice reading for detail and writing past tense yes/no questions


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

Ask Ss if they know anything about me. What do they know? Present HO1 and ask Ss to answer True or False. Then ask, "How can we find the answers?"--- By asking yes/no questions. Take 1 false sentence from the HO. Elicit how to make a yes/no question. Write it on WB.

Exposure (8-13 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Put Ss into four groups. Each group gets a scrambled past tense yes/no question. Each S gets one or two cards. Ss have to present their question in correct form to other groups. Afterwards, have students walk around and ask/answer these questions to each other.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Whatever group finished first, write their question on the WB. Use as a model. Explain the form: Did + Subject + Verb (base) + Object? Highlight the Verb of the form. If Subject changes, Verb doesn't change. Is Verb 1 past tense?--No What word makes it a question?---Did

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1) Make two groups, A and B. Instructions: read underlined text only, alone. Give A text to A group, and B text to B group. Explain that the underlined text maybe true or false. Work in pairs within group to create Yes/No questions to try to verify if info is T or F. Practice asking these questions to partners. 2) Explain that the other text is ALL TRUE. Pair up one S from A with one S from B. Work together to find out if underlined text is true or false. Make corrections.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Having monitored the Ss work, make notes of common mistakes. Shamefully invent a mistake of none are observed in order to emphasize the point. Elicit the correct answers to problem(s)

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