Dates to Remember, Time Expressions
Elementary level
Description
Materials
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
Procedure (4455 minutes)
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.
In order to teach the prepositions, give short reading handouts 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.
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.
Give the book handouts 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.
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.
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.