A1 Beginner English Lesson – Past Simple of To Be – Describing Things and People

Past Simple of to Be in English - beginner English Lesson ESL EFL lesson plan

This English lesson is for you if:

English learners
  • Your English level is a beginner level (A1).
  • You want to learn English at home.
  • You can learn without the help of a teacher.
ESL/EFL teachers
  • You work with beginner level (A1) English learners.
  • You follow the CEFR standards of teaching.
  • You would like to introduce a different voice and pronunciation to your students.

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The package includes:

  • English Lesson for beginners. (.pdf) – 9 pages
  • Answer Sheet (.pdf)
  • audio file (.mp3) – female voice

About the lesson (plan)

  • Target English Grammar: Past Simple of To Be
  • Target Vocabulary: Describing things and people

Presentation: (page 2, and 3)

  • Read the text and answer the questions T for True, and F for False.
  • (Reading comprehension exercise. Introducing new grammar, and focus vocabulary.)

  • Connect the opposite words.
  • (Vocabulary exercise – words used to describe the state of people and things.)

  • Listen to the text and fill in the blanks.
  • (Listening exercise, no true and false questions.)

Grammar Box (pages 4, 5)
    • full grammar explanations with graphics.
    • (Formation of positive/ negative statements using Past simple of To Be. Formation of positive/ negative questions.

    • usage explained and illustrated with suitable examples

Practice: (page 6, 7)

  • Change to Past Simple of To Be
  • (7 sentences in Present sSimple of To Be must be changed to Past Simple of To Be. Exercising questions/statements.)

  • Write negative or positive sentences in Column B with the words from Column A. Use was or wasn’t/were or weren’t.
  • (The words in this exercise are not in the correct order. Students use the words from Column A to create sentences in the right order in Column B, adding the past simple form of to be.)

  • Find the words.
  • (Wordpuzzle. Exercising focus vocabulary.)

Production ( page 8) – 3 assignments, the first one related to the last exercise in Practice

Credits (page 9)