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Oxford Picture Dictionary • Unit 12 • Entertainment

INTERVIEW Teaching Notes


Grammar Point: SIMPLE PAST VS. SIMPLE PRESENT

Levels: Low Beginning to High Beginning


For: Pairs
Preparation: 5 minutes
Activity: 15 minutes

Duplicate: 1 worksheet for each student

Objective the target structure, or have students


Students will be able to ask and answer create new questions and answers that
questions and then practice the target show they understand it.
structure by writing their answers and
their partners’ answers. Introduce the Activity
Explain the goal: for students to find out
Preparation about their partners by asking and
1. Preview the questions from the answering questions and to practice
Personal Information Interview writing answers.
worksheet or, using vocabulary from
the selected dictionary page, create Model and Conduct the Activity
four questions that practice the target 1. Ask yourself the Interview questions
grammar structure. Write these aloud, and write your short answers on
questions in section A of the Interview the worksheet you have copied on the
worksheet. board or overhead transparency.
In sections B and C, write examples of 2. Interview a student and write his/her
complete sentences based on the short answers on the board or on an
Interview responses. For B, write a overhead transparency.
sentence in the first person (e.g., I read 3. Pair students. Have them write their own
mystery novels.). For C write a short answers on their worksheets first.
sentence in the third person (e.g., Juan Then have them interview their partners
watches sitcoms and the news.). and write their partners’ short answers.
2. Duplicate a class set of the worksheet 4. Have students write the follow-up
and copy it onto the board or an sentences in sections B and C
overhead transparency. independently while you monitor and
offer assistance.
Review the Vocabulary
Ask questions about the dictionary
pictures (e.g., What was the last concert For Multilevel Classes
you went to?). Pair literacy-level students or newcomers
with high beginning students. Have pairs
Teach the Grammar Point: WH- share a worksheet. Have the high
Questions: What? beginning students write the follow-up
Ask two of the Interview questions and sentences while partners help.
write the answers on the board. Explain

Simple Past vs. Simple Present


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Oxford Picture Dictionary • Unit 12 • Entertainment

Interview Worksheet

A. Read the interview question. Write your short answers to the questions.
B. Interview your partner and write his/her short answers.

Interview question My answers My partner’s answers


1. What was the last
movie you saw?
2. What kind of movies do
you like?
3. What TV programs do
you watch?
4. What kind of books do
you read?

C. Write sentences about your answers.

Example: ____I read mystery novels. ________________________

1.

2.

3.

4.

D. Write about your partner.

Example: ____Juan watches sitcoms and the news. _____________

1.

2.

3.

4.

Simple Past vs. Simple Present


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