Todd Callison Todd Callison

TP8: Simple Past vs Present Perfect
Pre-Intermediate level


In this systems lesson, we test for previous knowledge, then illustrate MFP for Simple Past vs. Present Perfect in an interactive way, test them a second time, conduct feedback, and then finally, give Ss the opportunity to practice using the TL in a freer environment.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and review of Present Perfect and Simple Past in the context of marker sentences for past actions vs. accomplishments among others

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a true/false game in the context of personal accomplishments


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Cover aims on Slide 1 Show slide 2 Ask question: "Have you been to Mazunte? If so, when?" Show slide 3 Ask question: "How about Xochimilco?" OCFB

Test #1 (7-8 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Set BORs into 2 to 4 groups Review BORs with Ss Send Jamboards to chat Demo Jamboard I: "I will send you to BORs now. Open the Jamboard for your room, 1,2,3, or 4." I: "You have 5 minutes" Send Ss to BORs 5 minutes Monitor OCFB

Teach (14-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

M 7 minutes Present Slides 4-12 CCQ: "Do we know when this happened?" CCQ: "Did this happen once, or more than once?" CCQ: "Did this end, or is it still happening now?" F 4 minutes Show Jamboard "PP Forms" Highlight forms at the bottom Get students to re-order the words Elicit reformulation of example sentences using contracted forms Send 50participles.pdf to chat Verify receipt "Thumbs up" Share 50participles.pdf FCQ: "What do you notice about the asterisks?" OCFB P 4 minutes Drill P, slides 14 and 15 OCFB

Test #2 (7-8 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Send Google Form Present Perfect vs. Simple Past Verify receipt, "thumbs up" Demo Form SW 4 minutes Check responses Answer Key: 1A 2A 3B 4B 5C 6B 7B 8A OCFB 3 minutes

Free practice (10-11 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Demo True/False activity, 1 minute Send Ss to BOR, 4 minutes OCFB, 2 minutes DEC 3 minutes

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