Jan Zeiger Jan Zeiger

narrative tenses
intermediate level


the students learn the difference between past and past continuous tenses through a reading about comic accidents and misunderstandings


Abc Robert's Bad Day

Main Aims

  • To provide practice and review of past continuous tense vs past simple tense in the context of comic reading of a series of accidents

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of comic story telling


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Picture prompt: what is happening in this picture? What will be the lesson context? Full group comments. https://images.app.goo.gl/JXjGgHUaZaz8YScm9

Exposure (2-3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation


Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1461DxXCD7jYRNjLO787GilWR0Ny1JjkkmfuETfuPPvw/edit?usp=sharing text from p. 33 of Face 2 Face, intermediate

Clarification (10-13 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Jamboard matching game of pronunciation, POS & definition of vocabulary pulled from The Jogger and the Robber

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

using a gap-fill for past simple/past continuous tenses, complete the story of The Jogger and the Robber. from Face 2 Face workbook, lesson 4a

Freer Practice (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language

Picture prompt: Image of movie advertisement "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Students will exchange stories of times when things went very wrong. Converse in small groups, selective sharing in large group, time allowing.

Feedback/DEC (4-5 minutes) • celebrate and correct language used in discussions

take notes of language used through class - share glows and grows

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