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Dates to Remember, Time Expressions
Elementary level


In this lesson, based on my main aim (grammar) students are going to learn and practice prepositions and -wh questions with the simple past tense. Initially, they are going to see a power point which is about a day of mine in Venice and hear some time expressions and prepositions along with the pictures. After that, they are going to learn how and when to use time expressions supported with a short reading text named "my sister" and matching activities about the time expressions and prepositions. As a speaking task, they are going to ask "-wh" questions using the time expressions they will have learned. Then, the lesson is going to continue with the listening activity and practicing the pronunciation. As a production stage, they are going to write a text which is similar to the text they read at the beginning of the class using simple past tense and prepositions.


Abc Headway Elementary Student's Book
Abc Matching hand-out
Abc Reading text named "My Sister"
Abc "When did....?" exercises
Abc PowerPoint Presentation

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Simple Past Tense in the context of Talking about one day in the past, Time Expressions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of A day up to now


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-To create the interest, start the lesson with PowerPoint Presentation which is about one of the days in Venice. -Present your own pictures taken in Venice one by one and talk about them using the prepositions students are going to learn in the next stage. -Ask the Ss if they went to Venice before.

Pre-teach Vocabulary (9-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

-In order to teach the prepositions, give short reading hand-outs named "My Sister" to the students. -Divide the instructions: first, get them to read the text individually. -Later on, make the students group of 3 and get them to match the time expressions with the appropriate prepositions "in, at, on" according to the text they will have read. -Set a time to finish and give the answer keys.

The Matching Game (7-8 minutes) • In order to get the students tp practice the vocabulary through a game

-Divide the students into two groups. -Tell them to find a name for their groups. -Write "on, at, in" on the board and give the instructions. -Two groups are going to get in line in front of the board. -Students, from each group, should point the correct preposition "on" ,"at" or "in" when the teacher says the time expressions. -The student who answers first scores a point for his/her group.

Speaking (10-15 minutes) • To get the students to practice speaking through the target language (Simple Past)

-Give the book hand-outs where "When did....?" activities take place. -Provide a demo and get them to drill the questions. -Instruct the students to work with their partners. -Monitor them carefully and take some notes for the late feedback. -After they answer the questions, let them mingle and ask the questions to at least 3 students in the class. -Monitor them again and take notes for the error correction. -Set a time limit and when they finish ask students their classmates' answers.

Listening (5-6 minutes) • To practice receptive skills and pronunciation

-Get the students to listen two sentences in the book and tick the one they hear: - Where do you want to go? - Why do you want to go? -Get the ss to repeat the sentences as a whole class.

Producing Stage (10-12 minutes) • Let the students practice their productive skills(writing) using the target language.

-Get the students write a text similar to the one they read at the beginning of the lesson. -Instruct them to use the target language (prepositions and time expressions). -Monitor them carefully and provide error correction on the spot.

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