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past continuous lessin
Intermediate, level


In this lesson Ss learn about the past continuous through guided discovery based on a reading text. The lesson starts with a picture and student will describe the picture. Afterward they are going to practice a conversation in pairs . The conversation followed the picture that i used it last stage . Then i will give them a HO of a story and they should answer some questions based on the story. I provide some examples for them and they have to write the structure of past continuous based on the examples. Eventually there is some controlled practice through sentences with blanks and freer practice via a final writing activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the past continuous tense

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a story


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

This is a lead in activity to activate the class at the start of the session and engage Ss attention in the topic of the lesson which is "past continuous grammar" . The class will start with a picture deccription activity which is related to past continuous grammar. I will stick the picture on the board and ask Ss to describe it and i will help them to use past continuous while they are describing the picture .

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

At this stage Ss will be more familiar with the grammar through a conversation . The conversation is about some one whoe's car is in parking lot . First i will give them the conversation then they are going to work on it in pairs . Afterward two volunteer should read the conversation for whole class .

Highlighting (5-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

As a task to focus their attention on the target language and follow the M/P/F order in my grammar lesson i will give them a HO of a story . The story especially focus on the meaning of the grammar and it's about some one's memory and the sentences that are related to past continuous are bold . First the Ss should read the text indivudually after ward they are going answer some CCQs based on the text in groups. Then as a WC feedback we are going to check the answers to gether. Afterward i wil explain the meaning of the grammar my self inorder to clarify the meaning for them.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

As a task to focus their attention on the form and pronunciation of the grammar i will give them 4 examples of the past continuous grammar then they should guess the structure of the grammar based on the examples in groups . In this way i can elicit the form . After ward they should tell me the structures and i'm going to write them on the board. Now they should make examples based on structures.

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

At this stage Ss are going to exercise the grammer through a controlled practice activity individually. I will give them a HO with blanks and Ss should put correct form of the verb in the bkanks . After ward i will give them answer key then they should check their answer and ask me if they have any question .

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Finally the class will be finished by a productive skill activity. Ss are going to write a writing about what ever they want and they should try to use past cintinuous grammar in their writing . Afterward they should read their text for whole class .

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