Past Continuous Tense
The Past Continuous Tense
Aims: Students learn the past continuous tense in affirmative, negative
and interrogative forms and are able to make use of it in real life
Targets: S.2 class
Background Students have not learnt the past continuous tense so far but they
knowledge: have learnt the past tense in S.1.
Language focused: the past continuous tense is used to express an event
which was in progress (going on) around a particular past
e.g. Tom was having dinner at 8 o'clock last night.
the forms of the past continuous tense.
Affirmative: Subject + was/were + verb-ing.
Negative: Subject + was/were + not +verb-ing.
Interrogative: Was/Were + subject + verb-ing?
use 'while' to link two events happening at the same time
in the past.
Power point Presentation Source:
Oxford English CD-Rom2, Longman English Express 1A
Time Steps Functions Aids
4 teacher asks introduce the topic. blackboard
mins students what encourage computer,
they were doing engagement projector, screen
at that time on power point
Sunday morning. presentation
invite Ss to (Slide 1, 2 & 3)
forms of the past
a time line is
drawn to help
6 Ss imagine they help to build up computer,
mins went for an confidence to projector, screen
outing yesterday. speak up. power point
Activity 1: Ss practise using the presentation(Slid
point out the 5 past continuous e 4, 5 & 6)
A and B. (things
they saw when
traveling on the
5 introduce the use consolidate their computer,
mins of 'while' to link use of the past projector, screen
two events continuous tense. power point
happening at the presentation
same time in the (Slide 7, 8, 9 &
Activity 2 (pair (Pictures
work): What downloaded from
were your friends Longman English
and family doing Express Power
while you went Point
for an outing? Presentation 1A)
by referring to the
read out the
sentences to your
10 Ss are paired off. consolidate their computer,
mins Activity 3(pair use of different projector, screen
work) : Ss A and forms of the past power point
Ss b get a continuous tense in presentation
different schedule a contextualized (Slide 11, 12
of activities done situation. &13)
for yesterday's reinforce Ss to a worksheet with
outing. make natural a table about the
Ss ask each other conversation in outing for Ss A
questions to fill in daily life. and Ss B.
the table. encourage
after getting the interaction
answer, Ss are
response to end
invite students to
3 Ss choose their practise linking 2
mins favourite activity events happening
and make a at the same time in
sentence by using the past by using
'while I ..., my 'while' in a
classmates ....'. contextualized
invite Ss to read situation.
out their work.
12 Access to encourage self- power point
mins resources in the learning presentation
Internet (Slide 14)
ask students to do a revision exercise by linking to:
recommend useful websites and softwares:
Tense Buster at MMLC
PowerPoint presentation: Past Continuous Tense