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Speaking and writing by simple past tense
beginner level


In this lesson Ss understand the meaning and form of the 'wh' questions which are based on simple past tense by doing semi-controlled speaking and writing activities.


Abc 'wh' question handout
Abc interview handout
Abc verb cards
Abc a ball

Main Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of journey

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a interview in the context of journey


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

Ss make a circle with the T. T asks 'WH' questions to students by throwing the ball.Ss answer the question by trowing back to the teacher. Before the warm-up activity T shows how to do it by demonstrating.

pre-speaking (10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through 'WH' questions.

T gives 'WH' questions to the students in jumbled form. Ss put the words in correct order.

Useful Language (5 minutes) • focusing on target language and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

T elicits the question form of simple past tense. Focuses to the meaning and form of the language.Drills the questions. -When did you go? -How dıd you go?

questionare (10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills with semi controlled practice

Ss match the questions with the answers given. After they answer and wrıte their personal answer on the handout. They will ask the same questions to their partner. They take notes about their partners' journey.

Semi-controlled speaking activity (10 minutes) • to provide students practice speaking for accuracy in the target language through a semi-controlled activity

Students swap their seats and tell about their old partners' journey to his/her new partner.

feedback (5 minutes) • to correct the students' mistakes on the board

T asks some students about their partners journey. T writes the Ss mistakes which has noticed while monitoring and tries to elicit the correct answers from the students.

extra activity

T divides the Ss into two groups. T sticks irregular of past forms (V2). T asks to Ss to stand up and line up as two groups. When the teacher says V1 form, Ss try to take the V2 form from the board. After the game T counts the verbs and if needed gives a short information about regular and irregular verbs. T draws a postcard on the board.then trıes to elit the word postcard and drills it. After asks a student how do we start a postcard and how do we end a postcard. Then teacher shows to Ss an empty postcard template and asks them to write a postcard to one of their best friend about their journeys by using irregular verbs that are on the board.

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