Sarah Schul Sarah Schul

Teaching Plan 1
Pre-Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of the simple past tense, positive / negative / question forms / regular / irregular in the context of text
  • To provide review and practice of the simple past tense, positive / negative / question forms / regular / irregular in the context of text

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a controlled setting


Find Examples of Past Simple forms (2A-3) (5-6 minutes) • Review and identify Past Simple form

In pairs, Sts will skim the reading, "The Man Behind KFC", and find examples of regular and irregular verbs. (2 minutes) INSTRUCTIONS: "Ok, please scan through your reading again and underline examples of Past Simple Verbs. (Holding reading to demo) So I'm scanning and I see this first one here, 'died' and I underline that. (ICQ) Do you need to reread it completely? No, just scan to find those past simple verbs. You have 1 minute!" T will elicit difference between regular and irregular verbs. INSTRUCTIONS: "Do all of these verbs have the same endings? What are the differences? ['ed' vs. not] Ok, great! So we have these 'ed' verbs which are regular, and all the others are irregular. Let's separate them out. (Begin separating as WC)" T will put in columns on WB based on Sts' comments. (3 minutes) Regular: Needed, stayed, learned, worked, started, moved, developed, closed, decided, continued, visited, travelled, played. Irregular: went, did, swam, left, had, became, came, made, sold, bought.

Regular Verb Production and Pronunciation (1-3 minutes) • Pronounce the "ed" suffix naturally

T will reorganize regular verbs in the different suffix sounds and ask Sts why they are now grouped this way. (Elicit that the endings have slightly different pronunciations.) Pronounced "/t/": Developed Worked Pronounced "/id/": Started Needed Decided Visited Pronounced "/d/": Continued Played Learned Closed Travelled

Irregular Verb Focus (5-7 minutes) • Write irregular verbs in present and past tense forms

T will ask what the rule is for irregular rules --> none. "So the rule for regular verbs is to add an 'ed'. What is the rule for irregular verbs? There is none...We just have to memorize them." Draw T-chart (present/past) on board (Present/Past) and give 2 demonstrations of how to do HO INSTRUCTIONS "Here is our verb, 'come' in present tense. How can we make it past tense? ((If more help needed use in a sentence, first present, then past: "We come to school, We came to school yesterday")). Good! Now if we have a past tense verb, 'swam', how can we make it present? Excellent. Now on these HOs, in pairs, you will continue just like this. Past to present. Present to past." Pass out HO T-chart and Sts will complete it in pairs. T will monitor. Go over answers as WC on WB

Question Form and Speaking Activity (13-16 minutes) • Form and use simple past tense questions.

Elicit question form with blanks and answer (2min): (What did Elif do) ____ ____ _____ ___ last summer? Elif went to the beach last summer. Elif visited her family last summer. Elif made a sand castle last summer. "To Be" form (2min): (Where was Elif) ____ ____ ____ last summer? Elif was in Izmir. Elif was at the beach. I was in America. You were in Istanbul. "What other questions could we ask?" "Use our words from earlier (indicate verbs on WB)" Add a few more questions to list... (2min) What did you buy last summer? Where did you travel last summer? Did you study? Did you work? Speaking Activity (7 min): "Ok so I need this half of the room to raise your hands. If your hand is up, you are a questioner. You will be asking questions. Keep your hands up! If your hands are down, you will be answering. (Gesture) Questions here, answers here. Got it? Ok." Take 2 Qs and 3 As, stand them in 2 line across from each other (T be 3rd Q). Demonstrate asking questions and rotating. "So we want conversations, not just "yes", "no"! Now all the Qs come and get in line, now all the As. You are going to rotate when I say, and Questioners begin asking!" Feedback (1-3min) Who did the most exciting thing? // Who had a good summer? AND / OR correction of common problems (write on WB and correct together).

Past Time Phrases (2A-6) (7-10 minutes) • Understand when past time phrases occur(ed) and when we use ago/last/in.

"So now I know what you did last summer. How can we add other extra information? In present tense we can say (write on WB) "I go swimming twice a week", "I PLAY pilates every day." Are these sentences correct? No, right..."I DO pilates everyday". "What's our extra information? (elicit 'every day'/'twice a week')" (underline extra info) "We can also add extra information with past tense." (Can use a sentence from Sts speaking practice - elicit sentence) Introduce past tense time phrases on WB: "I went to Ankara". "I went to Ankara last week" (underlining). "" 10 days ago "" in May. "Which one of these happened most recently?" Put phrase cards on WB and draw timeline (now/past) "With your partner, find the correct order from most recent (indicating 'now' on timeline) to the oldest (indicating opposite end) (1 or 2 min.) Elicit order from WC by sliding card along timeline. (1 min) Write "AGO//LAST//IN" on WB and elicit rules from Sts (2 min). Ago = minutes, hours, days, week, month, year (HOW MANY, X number of...) Last = week, month, year, specific day, specific month (MOST RECENT, one previous) In = year, month (Specific)

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