Elaine Elaine

Technology - used to for past habits
Entry 3 level


Abc Audio
Abc Worksheet
Abc Gap-fill worksheet

Main Aims

  • Present and practise used to for past habits
  • Discuss technology in our lives
  • Write about changes as a result of technology

Subsidiary Aims

  • Practise pronunciation of 'used to/didn't use to'


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

Brainstorm technology in our lives. Write up suggestions and clarify vocabulary where necessary.

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

Listen to conversation about technology. Which of the speakers has a negative view, which positive. Which one do they agree with?

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

Display sentence from the dialogue, contrasting now + present simple with used to. Students identify which parts of the sentence refer to the present, and which to the past.

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

Present used to/didn't used to. Highlight base form of main verb. Model correct pronunciation, highlighting /t/ at the end of used. Drill correct pronunciation, focusing on word stress and connected speech.

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

Gap fill - play conversation again. Students complete gap-fill sentences with the target grammar in the correct forms, then complete gapped sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

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

As a group, compile a list on the board of ways that technology today makes our lives easier. Then, choosing one or two of the items, elicit what people did in the past. In pairs, learners talk about how life was different in the past, using used to/didn't used to. Circulate and monitor discussions.

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

Students write a paragraph about ways their lives have changed as a result of technology.

Plenary (3-5 minutes) • To conclude the lesson

Students think of one thing they found easy, and one they found difficult.

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