A two person pink lesson. I opened up the lesson by asking ` What`s up? ` I got a blank look from both the students so I wrote this up on the board along with other phrases;
What`s up? Nothing much/Not much/Nothing special/I……..
How are you? Pretty good/Not (too) bad/Not so good/I`m…….
How`s it going?
I then explained the difference in the greetings to them and the difference in the usage, especially that the answers cannot be interchanged between the two groups. I also mentioned that the standard Howareyouimfinethankyouandyouimfinetoo (!!!!) conversation is OK but every elementary student knows this and that they now have a wider variety of more natural phrases to choose from.
Having done that I drew their attention the white board where I had written their one points on the board and I asked them to give me sample sentences using the one point. I also checked the other student understood the other`s one point too by checking with comprehension questions.
I asked if they had seen Spider Man 3 and then wrote on the board ` The Morning Part 3 `. Ahhhhhh they said as they realized that they were going to do a continuation of the routine from the previous lesson. I elicited the 7 sentences from them taking turns and wrote them up on the board. Next I got them to listen and repeat the phrases paying special attention to one student`s pronunciation of the word `lock`. I then erased the sentences and left the hint bar that I had written and got one student go through the sentences. I then got the other student to do the same. They were both able to complete this without making very many errors.
ITEM – USED TO
I wrote up on the board;
1. I went to Umeda.
2. I used to go to Umeda.
I asked them if they knew the difference between the 2 sentences and they said that they didn’t. I then drew a time line under each sentence;
2. ………..X..X…..X….X…X….NOW….(no more Umeda)
I also wrote next to the original sentences;
I then wrote a few more examples on the board;
1. I used to wear glasses.
2. I used to have long hair.
3. I didn`t use to like coffee.
4. I didn`t used to go to the gym.
Following that I did a comprehension check, for example, Do I wear glasses now? Do I like coffee now? Etc. I emphasized the fact that the situation has changed and that past and present are now different.
Next I got out the flash cards and got the students to match them up together. After that I modeled an answer ( She used to ride a bike, now she drives a sports car ). Then the students took turns making sentences from the cards.
I then wrote on the board the following;
I used to belong to……
I used to work…….
And again modeled with my own answers and then got the students to make their own sentences but after the answer I got the other student to ask a follow up question,e.g;
A: I used to belong to the football club.
B: Do you like Beckham?
By this time time was getting short so I checked if they understood the difference between simple past and used to and thankfully I got a yes and a nod ( and a smile ) from both of them.
ONE POINT ( C1 By the way )
I said to one student:
C: It`s a beautiful day today, isn`t it?
C: By the way, will it be sunny tomorrow?
S: I don`t know.
I then wrote on the board the one point and explained that using by the way is a useful way to connect sentence topics or to introduce fresh topics to the conversation. I gave one more example:
In the lobby:
C: Are you hot?
S: A little. By the way, who is my teacher today?
With this example they seemed to fully understand so I asked one student what they were going to do after the class and then after she had given her answer I pointed to the one point that was written on the board and got her to use it which she did. Success!!!!!!