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Text Based Framework
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will be introduce to two of the narrative tenses that we use in English to narrate past events (Simple Past and Past Continuous) so they can be introduced and practice narrative tenses.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice narrative tenses

Subsidiary Aims

  • Simple Past and Simple Past Progressive


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

The students will be working as couples and they will be orally answering the following questions in break rooms. What was the last celebration: birthday party, dinner, cocktail party or any other that you attended? If you went with someone; who was this person and why did they go with you?

Exposure (5-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher will be visiting the boardrooms and write down the targeted tenses that the students have used to narrate an event in the past. The students will be able to discern about the Past Simple and the Past Simple Progressive.

Highlighting (3-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will read quietly the following sentences and will pay extra attention to the tenses: In 1987 the world's best sailors were competing in the America's Cup yacht race off the coast of Fremantle. One day, one of the sailors went for a drive in the outback and accidentally ran over a kangaroo. While the sailor was taking some photos, the kangaroo came round.

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

Students will answer the short questionary about the usage of the simple past and the past progressive.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will read in silence three sentencers and discover the tense formation on them

Semi-Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Students to answer the following questions regarding Simple Past or Past Continuous

Free Practice (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students to work with a partner to create three sentences with the tenses practiced.

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