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April Fool's!: Describing an experience

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Holidays around the world

  • 60 mins
  • In class
  • Speaking
  • A2


Learning goals:

  • Be able to talk about something that happened in the past
  • Use irregular past tense verbs when talking about the past

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions about a conversation between two students
  • Fill in gaps in a conversation with irregular past tense verbs
  • Use irregular past tense verbs to talk about a photo
  • Tell other students about something that happened in the past using the correct language

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The lesson assumes that students have already studied the simple past tense.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the advertisement and discuss the questions:
1. What is this advertisement for?
2. Would you like to buy this? Why, or why not?
3. This advertisement is from 1 April. What happens on this day?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of April Fool's Day and to encourage students to listen for gist.
Suggested answers

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read 'April Fool's Day in English-speaking countries'. Then discuss the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce April Fool's Day in English-speaking countries, pre-teach new vocabulary, and practise reading comprehension.
Suggested answers

 

Preview

Preview

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Pair, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise predicting the content of an audio text.
After students discuss their ideas in pairs, open the discussion to the class.


Suggested answers
1. The images are of a whoopee cushion and fake spiders in a bathroom.
2. Students should predict that the students will be talking about pranks (and possibly April Fool's Day). Students may guess further details about the situations in the photos.

 

Listen

Listen

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Listen to the conversation between two students. Are the sentences true or false?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise comprehension of a dialogue.
Have students read the questions before they listen.
If students are struggling, have them read the audio script for support.
Extension

 

Noticing language

Noticing language

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Put the past tense verbs in the gaps. Then listen to the conversation and check your answers.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to notice the use of irregular past tense verbs in the context of talking about an experience.
Have students put the verbs in the gaps first, using context as clues, before listening to check their answers.

 

Language review

Language review

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Which irregular past tense verbs do you know?
1. Put the correct past tense verb in the gaps. (For example, 'My brother wrote (write) a message on my back!')
2. With a partner, talk about the pranks. Which is funniest?


Teacher notes

The aim of the activity is for students to refresh their knowledge of irregular past tense verbs.
This will help prepare students to talk about their own past experiences.

 

Freer practice

Freer practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Get into a pair, Student A and Student B.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise telling a story about a past experience, and to give freer practice using irregular past tense verbs.
You could also ask students to report back what their partner said to the class.

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Look at the emojis and the phrases from the conversation.
Match the phrases to the emojis.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce some additional language for expressing emotions and attitudes.
The emoji images provide a visual representation of each category to help students understand the emotions and attitudes expressed.

 

Plan

Plan

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

You are going to tell other students a story about something that happened in the past.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to come up with ideas and prepare to tell other students about an experience.
Students don't have to write down their whole story, just some notes to help them.
As guidance, students should write at least four lines for their story, talking about what happened.

 

Produce

Produce

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise telling a story about an experience in their lives.
Students will talk about the experience they planned in the Plan activity.
Students should stand, mingle, and try to tell their stories to three other students. As students are talking, walk around the class and monitor their use of language.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Do some writing practice. You can do this at home if there is no time in class.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to produce a short piece of writing related to the themes and text types in this lesson.
Students are given a choice of what kind of writing they would like to do. They should choose one idea. They can get ideas from the discussion of personal experiences in the Listen activity, the description of April Fool's in the Lead in activity, or the advertisement in the Warm up activity.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Answer the questions and then discuss them with a partner.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned and what they didn't understand in the lesson, and discuss this with a partner.
Have students answer the questions on their own, then discuss their answers with a partner. Encourage students to help their partners with points they didn't understand.

 
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