Ammar Ammar

Narrative Tenses
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the narrative tenses in terms of meaning and from through the a reading text given to them. The lesson starts by a video about Dr. Alsos follwoed by controlled practice where students are going to use narrative tenses while answering the first task followed by listening to check their answers. And finally students are asked to tell stories using narrative texts.


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Abc task sheet 1 - Task Sheet 2 - PPT - YouTube video.
Abc task sheet - PPT - SB

Main Aims

  • To provide review and clarification of the narrative tenses in the context of talking about the past and Dr. Alsus as well.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in talking about the past in the context of telling a story.


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

- Show students a picture about Dr. Alsus and see if students recognize him. - Play a YouTube video about Dr. Alsus' journey to set up the context. - ask students: what happened to Dr. Alsus? - Why did he leave his county? - where did he go next? - How did he get work after leaving his country?

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

- Ask students to read the text quickly (2 min) - while writing ask them to come up with some verbs mentioned in the text. - Write some verbs on the WB - Ask students about the tenses used in the reading text. - Explain the meaning and form the tenses to students by eliciting it from them. - Write down " He had been researching bees for many years when civil war broke out. - Ask ss about the tenses in the above mentioned example and the meaning of the tenses as well.

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

Tell students that we are going to look at the meaning and the form of the narrative tenses. - Ask students to read the questions in task 1 and match them quickly. - check the answers with them to make sure they understand the target language.

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

Write down the four narrative tenses on the WB Write one example for each tense ask students to come up with the form and meaning of each tense. Ask ccqs like do we use the past simple to express completed actions in the past? (yes) Do we use the past continuous to talk about actions and states in progress (happening) around a particular time in the past? (yes) Do we use the past perfect to indicate that one event happened before another? (yes) Do we use use the past perfect continuous to show that an action continued in the past until another time in the past?(Yes).

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

Display ho2 and ask students to read the questions quickly Have students to read the second part of the text quickly Ask them to answer the questions in pairs Once they are done, play the audio sound to check their answers. Ask them how many correct questions did they get. correct in case of there are any mistakes.

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

Display ho3 and ask students to answer in groups ask students to name the tense used in each sentence play the audio sound to check their answers clarify or play the audio again in case of there are mistakes. be ready clarify further for those who are having more than 2 mistakes.

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

-Show students two picture of important world events -Have them to choose one and write down a short text about what they were doing when they heard about the news. -Listen to their answers and support with feedback.

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