I'm currently preparing a lesson plan covering past simple question forms and simple answers for my TEFL course. I've completed a "first draft" and wondered if you could cast an eye over it and let me know what you think etc. I'd like to be able to squeeze in "to be" verb:- was/were questions, though i don't think time allows for this?? Anyway, any coments would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Ray.
Past Simple Questions- Simple Answers.
LEVEL: Elementary... Age??
LESSON LENGTH: 45 Mins.
OBJECTIVE: To be able to ask past simple question forms and give short answers.
1. (a) Simple past closed question i.e. did + subject + verb in base form.
(b) Short answer i.e. yes + subject + did or no +subject + didn't.
ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE: Students will know the past simple tense(regular / irregular verbs and negative form).
ANTICIPATED PROBLEMS: One anticipated problem is that the students use a past form of the verb to make the question instead of using the base form. E.g. Did you went? Did you made? One more probable problem is that students may naturally use the form of a positive statement to ask a question. E.g. You ate dinner yesterday? You went to a party yesterday?
SOLUTION: (a)During the presentation stage draw attention to the verb tense in the question form did + subject + verb.
(b)Practicing making questions and having the students put scrambled sentences in order could help with their work on sentence structure problems.
PREPERATION AND AIDS:flashcards: beach. sunbathing. swimming.
city. museum. restaurant.
treking. mountain. bridge.
Past simple dialogue+ list of
simple past questions and
answers relating to the text.
Jumbled questions and answers.
Warmer: 'Find someone who....' 5mins
Introduction: Elicit three characters who went on a weekend break/holiday- elicit names,destinations, with the aid of the board/flashcards. 2mins.
In pairs have the students brainstorm ideas about holiday activities to the destinations 2mins.
Use flashcards/board to elicit simple past tense sentences about holiday activities 5mins.
Drill chorally and individually. 1 min.
Review past tense sentences by flipping back through pictures. 2 mins
Present target language: elicit the simple past question. Use the flashcards to elicit questions about each character, paying close attention to the verb tense. Write target language on the board and show the students how it is formed. Elicit the short positive and negative answer form. Using the flashcards elicit questions and answers from the student. 5 mins.
Drill chorally and individually. 2 mins.
Give the students an easy dialogue text written in the simple past tense. Have the students read the text 2mins.
Ask questions to check the students understanding of the dialogue. 1 min.
Students in pairs are given a set of jumbled questions and answers relating to the text. They work in pairs to match the questions and answers. 5 mins.
Go over answers. Let the students call on one another for the answer to the question. 3 mins.
Put students in new pairs. Students work in pairs to make a list of questions to ask other students about their activities last weekend. 3 mins
Go over questions 3 mins.