Teachers have to stick to the topic of the sequence while dealing with all lessons so that learners keep the same rhythm. Our sequence is entitled “Me and Scientific World” so our grammar and pronunciation lessons should have this context. Today, I’m going to share my idea about teaching the past continuous using the world of science. It’s a little bit crazy but I’m quite sure that my learners are gonna love it.
The objective: By the end of the lesson, my learners will be able to narrate events using the past continuous.
The lead in: The teacher starts the lesson by a riddle game. He sticks inverted inventors’ pictures. Learners listen to the teacher then try to find out who the inventors are.
Next the teacher shows learners a picture that represents a famous cartoon character. Learners will say”He is Karem the little inventor”.
Learning situation: The teacher has asked Karem to make a research about famous scientists. Karem was searching on the net for information but later he decided to invent a time-travelling machine to visit scientists and to run interviews with them.
Task: I listen to the conversation between Karem and Graham Bell then I fill in the bubbles:
After the correction, the teacher asks learners to analyze the colored words. What’s the form? What’s the tense? Why do we use it? and here pupils set the rule of the use of the past continuous.
To talk about single, longer actions/activities or events happening at a particular time in the past, I use the past continuous. Was/Were+ stem+ing. Was/were are the simple past o the auxiliary to be. Was(I/she/he/ it), were(you,they ,we). We tackle both forms affirmative and interrogative.