Victor Victor

Grammar lesson
Upper intermediate level


Abc Heinemann Grammar Activities 2 Upper Intermediate book
Abc HO1 Grammar Text
Abc HO2 Grammar Task 1
Abc Target language analysis sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of past simple and past perfect simple in the context of stories about spies.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about spies in the context of using past simple and past perfect simple.


Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Greet the students and show around 30 seconds of a video of the spy James Bond (downloaded or searched online) or any other spy, asking if they are familiar to the character and what he/she does.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

1. Learnes will see on the screen the cartoon "Spy vs spy", related to the text to read (they can share what they think the story is about). 2. Share the text via chat box (see "Appendix 1: HO1 Grammar Text") and the students will have 2 minutes to answer the following questions: - Who are the characters of the story? - What happened in the story? - When did these events happen?

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

1. Highlight the sentences with the tenses (past simple and past perfect simpole) and ask the learners if they have something in common. 2. Ask learners which sentences are using past simple and which are in past perfect simple.

Clarification (9-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Analyze with the learners the meaning, form and pronunciation of the following sentences:(see "Appendix 3: TLAS"): 1. He rushed to the nearest pub. 2. The black spy had walked for a few hours.

Controlled Practice (9-11 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

1. Show the task on the screen, give the learners some time to check it and ask if they have any questions, then do the first one together in open-class. 2. Share the task in the chat box and give them 4 minutes to work by themselves with the file. 3. Learnes will then check their answers in BORs for around 3 minutes. 4. Show the answer key in OCFB and ask if they have any questions.

Free Practice (11-13 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

1. Writing notes, learners will work in BORs for around 5 minutes to discuss and ending for the story from the previous activity, adding at least 3 more scenes. They need to be encouraged to use the target language and to look on the internet for conjugations of verbs they are not sure about. 2. Learnes will share their stories in open-class and we will have OCFB.

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