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Intermediate level


This lesson is designed as supplimentary to past continuous and past simple form in order to show students the real life relevance of the language


Abc Pictures

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of Past continuos in the context of Every day situations, travel, accidents, etc

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of language used for Describing life events through pictures in the context of travel, accidents, every day situations


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

Tell students that the lesson will focus on speaking about different real life situations and show them a sample picture and ask them to describe. What do you see? What is the situation about? Where are the people?

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

Give students different pictures and tell them to stand up and find someone whose picture is related to theirs in some way. Explain that this could be the case of cause and consequence, sequenced events, simultaneous actions, etc...

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

Once they have matched the pictures, get them to think of just one sentence for each. Draw their attention to the finished (past) actions and present (continuous).

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

Remind students that the context of all actions is in the past. Explain that they have to link their sentences using when before the past simple and while before the past continuous, where they put the new action (second in the sequence) in the past simple form and the first action (in progress before the second) in the past continuous form (was/were + Verb-ing). Get an example from one of the groups and display on the board for clarification and drilling: They were travelling back home when they had an accident. They had an accident while they were travelling back home.

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

Get the different pairs to report the sentences from the pictures and drill these with the whole class. Show students some additional picture combinations for them to produce the target language on the spot.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Give each student a name card and tell them to think of one sentence which may occur around their specific noun and produce a complete sentence in the past continuous, mingle and share this with as many classmates as possible. Name cards include: Home; School; Work; Classroom; Beach; Shopping; Travel; TV; News; etc

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

Set a context where students use the language more naturally. Think about the last time you travelled to a distant location. Describe what happened on the way and the related circumstances or context under which it happened. For example: The policeman stopped us because we were driving over 60 km/h. We were driving past Manhica when I woke up.

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