Teaching Practice 4 - Grammer - Was / Were
Elementary - Adults level
To provide practice of the past simple tense in the context of was/were
To provide scan, gist and detailed reading practice using a text about modern technology in the context of showing disadvantages of technology
To provide specific information reading and listening practice using a text and audio about famous people in history in the context of was/were
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
1. Display an image of Egyptian ex-president Mubarak. Ask students: CCQ 'Who was he?' 2. Repeat the process with Sadat. 3. Repeat the process with Nasr. 4. Now display them together. Check if they understand was/were. Ask CCQ 'Who were they?' 5. Follow up by displaying American ex-presidents in 1 photo together. Ask CCQ 'Who were they?' 6. Display an image of Mount Rushmore. Elicit the names of the presidents of Mount Rushmore. 7. Ask students to match the first names of those presidents with their surnames.
1. Ask students to complete 1(c) and to listen to the soundtrack for specific information and fill the gap. 2. Demonstrate the first question. 3. ICQ: Are you going to write a long answer? 4. Play audio and listen 5. Then ask students to check their answers in pairs. 6. Play audio listen again. 7. Show the answer key.
Show students question 2(a) CCQ: Ask them why are we using was/were? CCQ: What is the difference between was/were? Great or we will come back for that if they don't know. Ask them to complete.
1. We will use the whiteboard and write. E.g. Naguib Mahfouz was a writer. 2. CCQ: Where is the verb in this sentence? was 3. CCQ: The word 'was' is past, present or future? past 4. CCQ: So, what verb tense is ‘was? past simple tense 5. CCQ: What is the present tense of this sentence? Naguib Mahfouz is a writer. 6. CCQ: Why did we use was and not were? Because NM is singular 7. CCQ: How can we switch the sentence to an opposite statement? Naguib Mahfouz wasn’t a writer.
Share with students the visuals of 4 famous Egyptians. Give them their birthday, birth city, death and occupation Ask them to form questions from the answer. Demo an answer. Where was he/she born? Manually assign them to breakout rooms. Come back and reveal answers. When was he/she born? When was his/her death? Where was he/she living? What was her/his job? Come back and reveal answers.
Ask students to complete 3(c) in breakout rooms, but first, ask them CCQ why was it 'where was your mother born?' rather than 'where were your mother born?' Put in breakout rooms for 5 min. Come back to discuss.