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TP 4, Group D, Aug. 22
B1 level


In this lesson the students will review the uses of the past simple and past continuous tenses. The class will start by a simple review, followed by exercises with emphasis on form and later drilling and pronunciation. In the final stage of the lesson, the students will have a chance to use these forms, writing their own very short story.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of the past simple and past continous tenses in the context of the life story of Andrew Crofts, a ghostwriter for businessmen and celebrities

Subsidiary Aims

  • Skills: writing practice using the past simple and past continuous tense


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

In an attempt to link to the previous lesson, I'll put the following examples on the WB (via the projector). I discovered ghostwriting by accident. Andrew Crofts was working as a journalist. He was working as a journalist when he agreed to ghostwrite for the first time. Crofts was working on a report when his boss fired him. I discovered ghostwriting while I was interviewing a business guru. I was interviewing a business guru when I discovered ghostwriting. The students will be asked to identify the tenses, and indicate with a dot or arrow wether the form is past simple (dot, completed action) or prast continuous (arrow, action in progress). This will be followed by further concept checking using the sentence Crofts was working on a report when his boss fired him. Does Crofts still have a job at a newspaper? Did he finish his report?

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

The students will be given an exercise from our coursebook where they will have to spot the right tense form on their own and then I will elicit which form of action these tenses are used for from the studnets, these are also part of the same exercise. The students will be instructed to "Mark the remaining sentences with a dot or arrow"

Highlighting and clarification (10-12 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

A number of points -- including the use of the tenses with the words when and while through the examples included in my presentation, as well as pronunciation issues such as the weak forms of was/were and irregular +ing forms -- will be highlighted in this stage through eliciting from students. This stage is well covered in the slide presentation.

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

Students will do a gapfill activity from the handout (p19) where they have to choose the correct form of the verbs in a paragraph that is the summary for a book written by Andrew Crofts. Later, We will do the exercise on p.135 of the coursebook (second handout) if we have time, as controlled practice to prepare for the next activity.

Semi-controlled/Free Practice (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Here, the students will be instructed to: With your partner, choose one of the following sentences and turn it into a dramatic short story. She was sleeping peacefully when…… We were watching a rather boring film at the cinema when…. They were sitting on the plane on their way to Tokyo when…. This is not a completely free writing exercise but it allows for some creativity. Later the students will be instructed to: Compare your stories with another pair and choose the best story to read out in class. ,

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