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Teaching Practice 1
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, the past continuous tense will be introduced to the students. It will be in the context of meeting someone, which will be set and introduced by pictures of people meeting. They will do matching exercises, simple fill in the blanks, pronunciation, and a short listening task for gist and specific information. This will follow up with a speaking activity, sharing their people meeting experiences.


Abc Handout
Abc Audio CD (R2.2)
Abc Pictures, sentences paper strips

Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice the past continuous tense in the context of meeting someone

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening for gist and specific information


Warmer (5-8 minutes) • to build T-S rapport and to set lesson context

quick self-intro, refresh memory of the "star facts" ice-breaking activity. quick recap on simple past tense, ask them What Did You Do...? Qs. Showing people meeting pictures and elicit responses.

Pre-reading/listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the sentences and set context

3 pictures of people meeting, sentences paper strips on WB, Elicit some guesses about the listening script. CCQs on "queue" and "go out with". In pairs, match the sentences with the pictures, To have an idea for the following listening.

Detailed Listening (3-5 minutes) • to provide students with detailed listening and cross-check their answers in the matching ex.

Students have answers and decide if their answers are correct while listening. WCF

Post Listening (18-20 minutes) • to check Sts comprehension, to highlight past continuous forms in sentences.

Ask Sts if the "boarded" answers were right or wrong. "One wrong?" " All correct?" etc. Board example sentences, "I was traveling back from China and we met on the plane." Introduce the timeline concept, ask CCQs and elicit questions. Give Ex. 2b), Pronunciation drill, at "was" "were" with examples. Mark stresses on WB. Monitoring the WC Give Ex. 4. Work in pairs.

Speaking activity (5-7 minutes) • to check Sts understanding of meeting people and past continuous verb forms

Ask who are married, and divide into groups of 4-5, incl one married student, ask single students to ask the married one questions regarding meeting his or her partner. e.g. " Where did you first meet your wife / husband?" Wh- Questions. "were you going out with him / her when you were a college student?" etc.

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