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Shopping - past simple
Elementary level


In this lesson, students practice using past simple in dialogues around the theme of shopping. They also get practice talking about prices and food items.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of past simple verbs in the context of shopping for food

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice talking about money and how much things cost


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

Money - coins and bills - play a game - ask students to tell me which coins to use to make the amounts, practice saying the amounts and the names of the coins

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Read through first dialogue - review past simple verb forms - practice dialogue progressively removing more words SLIDES - Where were you?

Guided Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice using target language

What were the last things you bought at a shop? Make a list. Then in pairs, ask each other, What did you buy? I bought... How much was it? It was £__. Switch.

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Activity - going shopping dialogue - Assign students A or B roles. Give B the photos of the items from the shop. A starts. Then switch roles. New B gets images. New A starts.

Language Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

SLIDES - past simple - look at structure of questions and negatives - look at verb forms for regular and irregular verbs

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Homework - Play the dialogues. (Ann's and Jim's weekend) Ask students to fill in the blanks with past simple verb forms.

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