Erica Latif Erica Latif

TP7a Past Simple Negative
Elementary level


In this lesson students will learn the negative form of the Past Simple in the context of the life of James Bond. T will give them 3 sentences as a warm up to see if they can remember this from the text and to see if they can change it to negative to make it true as per the text. After this T gives Ss a handout to find past simple negative words in the text. Ss will listen to a recording of negative Past Simple sentences to listen to the stress on the words. Then T will elicit meaning, form and pronunciation from them through CCQs. After this Ss will do another worksheet to change sentences to negative form as per another text to make it true. Ss will then change real life sentences into the negative and practice more freely. T will do delayed error correction. If time permits they will play a game.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of Past Simple Negative in the context of the life of James Bond.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of using this grammar in their own lives.


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

This procedure will flow out of the previous lesson which was a reading lesson about the life of James Bond. 1. Teacher writes 3 sentences on the board that the students might remember about the previous lesson and ask them if they can remember if this is true or not. 2. Ss will work in pairs for 1 or 2 min to discuss. 3. If they can remember, then ask them to correct the sentences to make it true. 4. Ss will have to change the form of the sentence from positive to negative to make it true. 5. T elicit the answers from them.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

1. T give Ss the reading text of the life of James Bond to look through and to find any negative verbs in the text. 2. Ss will again work individually for this activity. 3. After a few minutes they can check with their partners. 4. T will elicit the answers from WC.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Ss will listen to a few sentences on audio to focus their attention on the TL for them to hear the stress on the different words in the sentences as well.

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

T write on the board: James wasn't a good student and he didn't study very much. T elicit the meaning of this sentence from Ss through CCQs. T elicit the form from the Ss. Past Simple Negative of 'be': we use wasn't for singe (he, she, it) or weren't for plural (you, we, they) To make the Past Simple negative of all other verbs, we use did + not + infinitive (V0) T will show the stress on the words when in a negative sentence and drill with the students. Show Ss the difference in stress when sentence is positive and then negative, stress changes.

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

T gives Ss HO2 to look in the text to correct sentences to the negative form to make them true as per the text. T gives Ss an example by doing the first sentence through concept checking and changing it. Ss will work in small groups of 3 to do this worksheet. T will give Ss the answer sheets after a few minutes.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for free practice

T gives Ss a new worksheet HO3 with more sentences in the positive that they need to change to negative. Ss work in pairs again for this after T regrouped them. T elicit the answers from them.

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

Ss will speak in groups about things that they didn't do in the past. T will listen and do delayed error correction on the board. If time permits, T will play a short Tic Tac Toe game with them to just recap and change positive Past Simple verbs into Past Simple negative ones.

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