Helping learners understand simple past vs. past perfect in the context of graffiti
Upper Intermediate level
To provide review and practice and gauage Ss knowledge of past simple and past perfect
To provide detailed reading practice using a text about Bansky artwork
To provide fluency and accuracy in speaking practice in a when telling a story when two different actions happened in the past
Procedure (41-54 minutes)
Show Learners a slide with graffiti on it. Send them out to BRs and have them answer the following questions: Do you like them? Do you have these where you live? Had you seen these particular ones before? Ss come back to main room and share their answers and Ss predict what we will read about.
Ss look at the slide and fill in the blanks with the target language in teams in BRs They then come back to see the slide with the answers to correct for themselves
Meaning: The teacher asks them to help her with the meaning of sentences from the text and with the help of a timeline shows that when there are two past actions the Past perfect shows an action that happened before the Past Simple action. In other words, the Simple past is the action that is most recent. Form: Ss notice that Past Perfect is formed with the auxiliary verb have and comes towards the end of the sentence. Pronunciation: Ss drill the sentences for fluency practice and to notice that the information words are stressed. Ss drill the contraction in the third sentence.
Ss get another reading but this time they have to come up with the structure they were taught to fill in the blanks. We will check the exercise together.
Ss are asked to go back to Breakout Rooms and have a conversation about Graffiti in their city and whether they have had an experience like mine. We come back to the main room and do a DEC