Takwa Al-Faitori Takwa Al-Faitori

Changing trends
Pre-Intermidiate level


In this lesson, students will learn and practice how to talk about things they used to like and used to do in the context of changing trends.


Abc Gap-fill HO
Abc pictures
Abc Put topics in order HO

Main Aims

  • To learn and practice "used to"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice listening for gist and for specific information.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Tell the sts that I am going to tell them a true story about myself. Tell the story to elicit "used to". Highlight it on the WB and drill it.

Pre-teach vocabulary (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the listening task and make it accessible

Focus students attention on the photos and ask when they think the old photo was taken (1940s or 1950s) and establish that Selfridges is a famous department store in London. Show the student another picture of a Turkish department store. Ask"What kind of stuff we might find in there" To elicit skincare products (moisturiser, special cleansing liquid, bath oils, etc.)

Listening #1 (5-7 minutes) • To practice listening for gist

Tell the students that they are going to listen to an interview with Sam Bennett about a radio programme called Real Men Shop. Give students a minute to take a look at the topics. Ask the students to listen and put the topics in order. Peer check then give them the answer key.

Listening #2 (5-7 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information

Ask the students to listen again and fill in the gaps. Peer check then WC feedback.

Clarification of the TL (used to) (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the TL (used to) and highlight its form

Ask students to work in pairs and to look at sentences 2-4 in 1b) and choose the correct words in the rules. WC feedback on the WB. Ask CQs to make sure they have understood the form. Write an example on the WB to elicit how to use the negative of used to.

Freer Practice (5-7 minutes) • To practice the TL

Ask students to write three things they used to do in the past three years, and one thing they didn't use to do but they do now. Ask sts to share their answer in pairs. Share interesting ideas with the WC.

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