Reyhaneh Reyhaneh

Good times, bad times!
Elementary level


Abc Cards, Activity sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide an opportunity for the students to speak and write the language in the context of good and bad times.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To review simple past "be": positive, negative, question and short answers through semi-controlled practice.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1.Write some incomplete sentences about yourself on the board. 1 2. Ask the students to read and guess what the remaining parts are. 1 3. Give them some cards to complete the sentences on the board. 6 4. Ask them "When were you born?." or "What were you very good at in school?" 2

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

1.Ask them to write questions for the sentences they made about you. Give an example first. 3 2. Ask them to swap papers and check eachother's questions.1 3. Tell them to ask their questions from eachother in pairs and give short answers. 3 4. Monitor their sentences and if there is a common error, highlight it on the board and explain.3

Useful Language (3-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

1. Highlight the structure of one of the students' questions with simple past "be" on the board. 2 2. Present the possible short answers (+,-) 1 3. Draw the Ss attention to the pronunciation variation of was/were in the stressed and unstressed positions in the sentence. 2

Productive Task(s) (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1. Give the Ss instructions to play "Find some one who " game and then to present the information they have gathered to the class. 10 2. Ask them to write a short paragraph about their childhood like the sentences in their activity using simple past verb "be". 8 3. Ask them to swap their papers with their partner and correct eachother's papers. 2 4. The teacher will monitor their work all through the activity to help at any stage.

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