life, simple past tense
pre-intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about past simple tense through guided discovery based on a short story about true love. The lesson starts with a short story that happened in the past. that followed by some activities to elicit the TL of the lesson and clarifying (MFP). Finally, there is some controlled practice through choosing the correct form of the verbs in the box and freer practice via a final conversation speaking activity.


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Abc listening recording unit 3 recording 1 Speakout Pre-Intermediate
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Abc Speakout SB
Abc speakout TB pre-intermediate L3.1 Free in NYC
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Main Aims

  • By end of the lesson, students will have the opportunity to practice the past simple tense in the context of true love

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of true love


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

show SS a question in a picture and let them answer the question what did you do yesterday?

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

- T will show SS a picture and sentences arranged randomly - Ss will work in groups to make as short story - these sentences are in past simple - Ss will be asked to underline the past simple verbs in groups

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

- T will show the students the correct answers - T will highlight the different kinds of the past simple - Ss will be engaged to the TL

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

- Ss will practice with T many activities - T will elicit the meaning of the TL ( CCQs ) will be used - T will differentiate between the different kinds of past simple ( reg. and irreg.) - T will clarify to Ss how to make negative and interrogative of the past simple - T will highlight the pronunciation of the TL using a listening recordings and drilling.

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

- Ss will work in groups to choose the correct form of the verb in the box - T will provide the with the Feedback - highlighting their errors made by Ss -answers will be shown

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

- SS will work in pairs in a conversation - they will take turns and ask and answer - when did you last......? - ss will answer these questions from their own experiences

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

- SS will work in pairs - they will write notes - they will tell each other some personal short stories using past simple - T will monitor their fluently and accuracy - Feedback and error corrections will be provided by the teacher.

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