To provide clarification and practice of the simple past tense in the context of Celebrities: Oprah Winfrey
To provide an opportunity for the students to develop their listening skills through a listening practice about pronunciation
Procedure (35-46 minutes)
Put the photos on the board or chest them and ask the ss what they remember from the text about Oprah Winfrey. Listen to the ss and ask them if the text refers to the past or not.
Tell the ss that they will read a text about Oprah Winfrey's childhood and success and think if the text is about her past or not. The ss read the text alone and underline the verbs which refer to the past in pairs. Doing this exercise, they will have an overall idea on the Simple Past form of the regular verbs. After the ss finish the exercise, T gives a whole class feedback.
Give the ss the handout on which they will find the informaiton about the meaning, funtion and form of Simple Past Tense. Elicit what form is used in positive, negative and interrogative sentences; how, when and why this tense is used. After the ss finish the exercises on the handout, they check in PAIRS. Write a positive, a negative and an interrogative sentence on the board and drill them by backchaining. Use CCQs if needed.
Tell the ss that they will fill the crossword puzzle with the past form of the verbs: watch, interview, study, talk, move, live, start, earn, open, work and clean. The ss will work in PAIRS and check with another PAIR. After finishing the exercise, give them the answer key. W/C F/B if needed.
Tell the ss that they will fill in the blanks in the sentences related to the the text about Oprah Winfrey. The ss work alone and then check in PAIRS. Monitor the ss and by whole class feedback, do error correction referring to the guided discovery handout if needed.
Tell the ss that they will be given a wordbox which includes regular verbs in their past form and a 3-column chart which has three different pronunciation categories (/t/, /d/ and /ıd/). Draw the chart on the board as well to give one example for each category. Read the verbs to the class and the ss categorize the verbs according to their endings (eg. worked /t/). The ss work alone. Then whole class feedback.
The ss play the game 'find someone who..' in this follow up activity. Tell them that they will ask questions with the help of the clues included on the chart and try to find students who did the actions. The ss work alone, go outside of the class and try to complete their chart by asking questions in Simple Past Tense. Monitor the ss during the activity and take notes of good examples and errors. Then nominate students to give names of the students for each action on the chart. Correct the errors on the board.