This is a supplementary activity for intermediate or advanced students who want to learn a few verbs in present continuous form which they may not have come across before. Advanced level students are always eager to come across new words and this is an exciting way to teach them something different.
To run this high-level present continuous TV lesson, you'll need the first episode of Lost Season 1 of Lost S01E01 - you can download this here.
Your students will be doing a verb card matching activity in this fun and engaging ESL song lesson (the printable verb cards are in the free lesson plan found on this page). This is super good for their listening and to tune their ear to the song. Following on as an extention, the students will be making their own stanza to perform (and share on social media if they are brave enough!) This is also a perfect lesson to study simple tense verbs in a super cool way. The lesson plan is available as a free PDF download below.
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What to Do
Cut out and laminate all of the printable verb cards before class. Shuffle up the printable verb cards before you give them out.
Give one set of verb cards to each group and let the students lay out the cards on the desk or on the floor. Tell the class that you are going to play the song to them three times, but the first two times, they won’t be able to read the lyrics.
by Stuart Allen
The Summer of '69 is probably one of Bryan Adams' best loved and well-known hits. Its very good to use in ESL classes as it is catchy and has nice words. The song looks back at a nicer time and the singer reminisces about when he was younger and so talks about the past.
Regular and irregular verbs pose a real problem for English language students. I teach in China and the students have difficulty with this because they don't have this rule in their own language, Chinese Mandarin. What's makes this grammar point all the more difficult is that there is no rule to the grammar point; it's just something that you have to memorize over time. Hopefully, this lesson should help them with the basics.
There are a number of ways that you could approach this lesson. One way is to put the students into small teams and write down as many irregular verbs as they can (if they have had prior knowledge of this). If they haven't, then you can start with regular past verbs and slowly introduce a few irregular verbs, so they begin to get familiar with it.
If your students are slightly older/higher level, or if your L2 is good enough, you can ask them what they know about the year of 1969. What events happened? How was life different? How did music affect popular culture then? 1969 was a great and terrible year for many reasons; you can get a lot from this chat!
Download the Summer of '69 PDF for the full lesson plan below.