Lesson Plan- Past Simple Question Formation

Topics: Question, Past tense, Verb Pages: 5 (1255 words) Published: June 16, 2012
Lesson Plan

Date: 20/10/2011
No. Students: 15 students
Age: 14- 15
Level: Intermediate.
Topic: ‘Alibi' -Past Simple question forms – consolidation Length: 20 minutes

By the end of the lesson the students will have practiced and reinforced Past Simple question forms. By the end of the lesson the students will be better able to demonstrate knowledge of the proper form of the Past Simple question forms. By the end of the lesson the students will be better able to demonstrate correct usage of Past Tense Simple questions by participating in communicative activities. Evidence:

Students’ active participation in the lesson and their correct usage of Past Simple question forms in oral and written communication will be indicators of objectives achievement. Aims:
I will be working on consolidating students’ knowledge of Past Simple question forms by actively engaging them into the learning process and increasing student talking time. I will be working on transforming students’ passive Past Tense question forms knowledge into active knowledge in order to provide learners with the opportunity to develop their oral fluency. Language skills: Listening/speaking/ writing.

Language systems: Past Simple ‘Yes/No’ questions; Past Simple ‘Wh’ questions Target language:
Did + subject + base form of the main verb (e.g. Did you go shopping last week?) Question word (What/When/Where/Why) + did + subject + base form of the main verb (e.g. What did you eat for breakfast?) Was/Were + subject(e.g. Was the store closed last night? / Were you sick last week?) Question word (What/When/Where/Why) + was/were + subject (e.g. Where were you last night?) Materials:

Fill–in–the gaps exercise Retrieved 10/05/2010 from http://www.eslflow.com/Pasttensethemes.html

I am assuming that students have already mastered Past Simple of regular and irregular verbs. I am assuming that students know how to form questions in the Past Simple.

Anticipated problems:
Students may use a past form of the main verb to make questions instead of using the base form: e.g. Did you went shopping last week? / What did you ate for breakfast? Students may use the auxiliary verb ‘Did’ to make questions in the past with the verb ‘to be’. e.g. Did he was in bed at 11 p.m. last night?

Use power point to highlight the fact that the auxiliary verb ‘Did’ does not change its form regardless of subject (e.g. Did you watch TV last night? / Did she watch TV last night?) •Indicate the verb tense in the question form (e.g. Did + subject + base form of the main verb). •Draw students attention to the fact that the verb ‘to be’ does not follow the same rule: e.g. Was/Were + subject Question word (What/When/Where) + was/were + subject


Warm-up: ‘The Breakfast Club’
Aim: To set the scene for the revision of Past Simple question forms To relax students, encourage interaction and arouse interest in the topic. Procedure
The first part of the activity tests students’ listening comprehension. Teacher: The teacher asks the students a number of questions about their recent past actions. Students who answer affirmatively to a given question form a small group. The teacher’s goal is to ask sufficient questions so that a small number of groups with roughly even numbers form. e.g. T: Who went to bed after 11 p.m. last night? Okay. All of you who went to bed after 11 p.m. last night please stand here to my right. You are now a group. You are The Night Club. T: Now listen to my next question: Who went shopping yesterday? Please stand here to my left. You are now a group. You are The Shopping Club. T: Okay. We still have a few students sitting. Let’s see. Can we get them in a group? Everyone, listen to my next question. Who went out this weekend? OK. All of you will be in a group in the back of the classroom. You are The Party Group. This activity continues until we form...

References: Hadfield, J., and C. Hadfield. 2008. Introduction to teaching English. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ur, P. 1988. Grammar practice activities. A practical guide for teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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