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past simple
grade 5 intermediate level


Abc Text worksheet - pictures for computers

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of past simple in the context of technology, and use past tense to talk about technology 20 years ago.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of technology.


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

I show ss two pictures for computers now and from 20 years ago. Ss state the differences, and I write some of their suggestions on board.

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

I give the ss a text about technology in old days. Ss answer some comprehension questions.

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

I ask ss to write a sentence about how computers were different. They work in pairs to exchange their reports for peer reviews. I take notes about their language errors.

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

Ss are asked to fill in the blanks. T write answers on board and elicit past simple form from ss. T clarifies the meaning and form of the past simple. T reads the sentences and asks ss to repeat to practice pronunciation.

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

Ss answer questions in past tense. They work in groups to check their answers.

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

T asks ss to correct the mistakes in the given sentences. They work in groups. They report answers to teacher.

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

Ss are asked to search about the first cell phones and give presentations about them.

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