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GRAMMAR: Past tense verb

EXAMPLE: I played tennis on Monday.

DATE ADDED:Feb 22, 2011


    Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


15 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:  Students form sentences using regular past tense verbs to compete with their classmates, trying to say the sentence represented by pictures on their friends card, before their friend can say the sentence on their own card.



  • SpeedSpeak attachment: Print, cut and fold the cards. There should be enough cards for each student to have one. The cards should be folded so that one side has three pictures representing a sentence, and the other side has that sentence. Make two big cards for the demonstration.



  1. Distribute one card and one score sheet to each student. Instruct the students not to show their cards to anyone.
  2. Demonstrate. Draw a big version of the score sheet on the blackboard so students can see. Then count down "3,2,1 go!" On "go" the ALT and JTE should put both their cards (with the pictures facing up) on the blackboard. They then attempt to say the other persons card as quickly as they can. The first to say the other's sentence is the winner.
  3. The ALT writes the JTE's name on the previously drawn score sheet on the board and circles "me" if they won or "friend" if the JTE won.
  4. Instruct students to play in the same way.
  5. When the time is up, instruct students to sit down and write down the score of how many games they won. Then award stickers to all students who scored 6 or more.


  • Tell the students to swap cards with their partner each time after they have played.


  • Use one of the big demo cards to join in with your students, but read their card slowly so they have a chance to beat you.


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