Language & Birthdays
The main aim is grammar focused on usage of the past simple 'to be' in the context of Birthdays.
to help students speak with accuracy through a drilling activity
To motivate sts to use their receptive skills, reading and listening, for meaning and understanding.
Procedure (39-53 minutes)
1. Welcome students and review names. 2. Have students call out the date and practice with them the date today and the date yesterday. This leads into the present and past simple of to be. This sets the stage for a drilling activity that the students are familiar with.
DRILLING with - WAS | WERE | WASN'T | WEREN'T 1. Review 'present simple' through three images (apples) posted to the WB. 2. Introduce 'past simple' ' was and were' by adding another set of images (apples) and date 'yesterday' and short sentence highlighting past participle that will disappear. I'll proceed with same drilling technique that was successfully used in previous lesson with these students. 3. Add a time line to reinforce target language tense differences.
RUNNING DICTATION: This activity 'running dictation' is designed to introduce the target language in context of birthdays. (appendix 1) Sts will pair up and divide reading and writing tasks. This short dictation text includes upcoming vocabulary that is going to be heard in a listening exercise and helps sts use correct sentence structure and word form.
LEXIS ADJECTIVES are introduced through a VOCABULARY building exercise. Sts are divided into 2 groups. They stand on both sides of a small table in middle of the room. 10 adjectives with opposites are pass to each side. They place them on the table and match them up. Monitoring to keep things moving along as necessary.
LISTENING: Listening for gist and then for detail. Sts listen to Rebecca talk about her 13th birthday. Lead questions posed by book for sts to underline details and understand them. Mini Fill in Gap with positive and negative of 'to be'
SPEAKING: In Pairs students ask each other about their birthdays and answer simple questions that will produce speaking in the past and using new vocabulary introduced in the presentation session. Students are exposed to the past tense and prepared to practice more in the next session.