The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 3

~ How to Make a Lesson ~ 


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).



Section One ~ Basic-Talk 103 ~ Meeting People ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) How was your visit with your friend/aunt/grandpa (choose someone)?


B) It was OK. We met at______________________________________ .


A) What did you do there?


B) We_________________________ and ________________________ .


A) Did you have a good time?


B) No, not at all/Well, it wasn't bad/Same as always/We had a blast (choose).


A) Tell me about it (try to make a short story as the events occurred over time).


B1) Well, first of all, we____________________________________.

B2) Then we_____________________________________________.

B3) After that, we____________________________________________.

B4) Finally, we_______________________________________________.


A) When will you meet them again?


B) Probably_____________________________________________.


A) What will you do?


B) I don't know, maybe we will________________________________.




"Them" can be used to refer to an unknown gender (male or female).

Example: "When the customer comes, give them a drink."

"You" can be used to refer to one person or everyone in general.

Example: "First you crack the eggs, then you beat them with a fork."



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 103 ~ Past Tense Verbs ~ Dialogue Practice ~


Past tense verbs are used to talk about events beginning and ending in the past.


Question forms:

1) Did + noun/pronoun + simple present verb + phrase

    Example: Did you get an e-mail/any e-mails yesterday?


2) Wh question + did + noun/pronoun + simple present verb + phrase

    Example: Who did you get an e-mail from yesterday?


Example questions:


Q1: Did you watch TV yesterday? When? What programs?

Q2: Who did you meet last weekend? What did you do?

Q3: What did you eat for breakfast? Did you cook it?

Q4: Where did you go last Saturday? Who with?

Q5: How many times did you clean your home last month?

Q6: What did you do on your last birthday?

Q7: Did you take a bus yesterday? Where did you go?

Q8: Who did you meet in elementary school? Are you still friends?

Q9: What did you buy yesterday? Where?

Q10: Where did you go on your last holiday? Who with?


List of past tense verbs (regular ed and irregular or other than ed):


ate   drank   cooked   brushed   ran   walked   smiled   laughed   cried   

went   came   wrote   studied   took  washed   combed   opened   closed  

sat   stood   shared   brought   read   sang   listened   counted   had  

drew   played   thought   called  met   talked   told   gave   said   slept  

got up   woke up   watched   imagined   discovered   built   made   left


Make some of your own questions using the past form.





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