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CELTA - TP3 - Grammar - Past Simple tense (to be - possitive and negative)
Elementary level


To present, provide clarification and practise Past Simple of verb to be in the context of birthdays and parties.


Main Aims

  • To provide practice of the past simple tense of the verb to be in the context of birthday, party, food

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in past simple tense in the context of a birthday party


Warmer/Lead-in: Food and drink (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students speaking about food and drink

Students go to break out room in pairs and write down all food and drink words they know for three minutes. Then we all discuss in open class which belong in the countable and which in the uncountable categories and write them on a Jamboard with two columns columns for two minutes.

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

Teacher plays recording and displays text on Jamboard then asks Gist questions

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

Tell what happened at Matt's thirteenth birthday party

Clarification: CCQs to ascertain meaning + Sentence structure and stress (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Open class pronunciation questions and sentence stress

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

Break out rooms and Open class feedback

Free Practice: Describe a party you went to. (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Practice the learned concepts in open class.

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