Lindsay Ozkaya Lindsay Ozkaya

Fact is always stranger than fiction
B1+ Intermediate level


This lesson will be focusing on the Past Perfect Tense Vs Past Simple Tense in 'Fact is always stranger than fiction'.


Abc Ho Ex.2
Abc HO Activity
Abc HO Reading Ex.1

Main Aims

  • To provide the students with practice in the Past Perfect Tense and the Past Simple Tense

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide the students with practice in reading for gist and specific information through a reading about Fact is always stranger than fiction.


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

-Do a quick recap of what the Ss have done in the previous lesson. What they have learned so far.

Reading (4-5 minutes) • To give Ss practice in reading for gist and specific information

-Split the Ss into pairs. -Give the Ss the HO. Tell the Ss to focus on the pictures and to read the short stories. Ask them to find the correct story for each picture. -Monitoring -Peer Check -F/B

Language Focus (15-20 minutes) • To focus Ss on the meaning and form of the related grammar.

-Give the Ss a quick revision of The Present Perfect Simple and how and when it was used. -Explain that they are now going to go into The Past Perfect Simple Tense. -Visually show the Ss by a demonstration how and when it is used. -Draw a timeline on the board of the Past Perfect Tense. Elicit. -Show Past Perfect vs Past Simple using 'before' and 'by' -Examples. -F/B

Semi-Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

-Now give the Ss Ex.2 HO -In pairs, give them a few mins to read the stories and match them to Ex.1 -Monitor -Peer Check -F/B

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

-Give the Ss the HO for the Activity -Again put them into pairs and explain that they will be matching the sentences of the communicative using the Past Simple and Past Perfect Tenses. -Monitor -Peer Check -F/B

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