Patrick Ammerman Patrick Ammerman

TP4 LP_Patrick Ammerman
Elementary level


This is a grammar lesson whose intention is to provide students with opportunities to develop skills and to interact with an authentic text.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of past simple (regular & irregular verbs, negative [interrogative] form) in the context of search engins

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of search engines


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

I will ask my students: What was life like without smart phones? Do you remember? Prompting questions Do you think smart phones changed how we live? (yes) Why? (We couldn't look up directions, we couldn't communicate to friends and family.)

Exposure (3-4 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

I will ask my Ss to read two paragraphs the text and tell me what they think the rest of the text will be about

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

I will ask students to circle all the past tense verbs in the text CCQs: Is this taking place in the past, present, or future? (past) So what tense are the verbs (past tense)

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Meaning I will ask Ss to place three sentences on a timeline. I will ask some CCQs for Ss to identify meaning 1.In the early days of the internet, search engines weren’t very good. When is this action referring to? -Past Do we know exactly when the action took place? -No Larry Page and Sergey Brin Launched the Google search engine. When is this action referring to? -Past Do we know exactly when the action took place? -Yes What did we do before Google? Is this past as well? -Yes -Do we know exactly when the action took place? -No Form Ask students to fill in the blank to identify the following structures Negative past Did + not + infinitive form CCQ: Does this have a contraction you can use? Is this for irregular verbs as well? Interrogative Did + Subject + infinitive form CCQ: Does this look like the negative past? Does this have a contraction? Pronunciation Use choral drilling to demonstrate to student that the emphasis is on the main verb in the following sentences: He didn’t like How did it begin?

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

I will ask Ss to complete sentences using the correct form of the negative past tense or interrogative verb. I will ask students to compare answers in breakout groups. Then we will go over all the answers with the entire class.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

I will ask Ss to answer the following questions: 1) What was one technology you didn't have when you were growing up? 2) What impact did that have on your life? For instance: I didn't have a cell phone until I was 16. That meant I didn't get to text my friends. But it also meant I didn't spend time playing games on my phone.

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