Past Simple- Small Talk Questions

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Past Simple
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 22nd Jul 2015

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Past Simple- Small Talk Questions
Choose one of the questions below which is really suitable to ask your partner. Ask a 
grammatically correct version of the question that you have chosen to your partner (just 
speaking for now, not writing), adding “you” if necessary. If there is no wh- question word, 
you need to make a yes/ no question. Listen to their response and ask follow-up questions
if you like. Then switch roles and take turns asking similar questions.
Probably realistic questions
How ___________________________________________________ (be) your weekend?
That’s a nice… Where ______________________________________________ (buy) it?
What time ___________________________________________ (finish) work last night?
What time _____________________________________________(get home) last night?
What time ______________________________________________ (get to) work today?
When ______________________________________________ (start) your present job? 
Where ______________________________________ (last go) on holiday (= vacation)?
___________________________________________________ (have) a good weekend?
___________________________________________________ (do) the last homework?
________________________________________ (have) time for breakfast this morning?
__________________________________________________ (hear) the news about…?
________________________________________ (go out) for dinner/ drinks/… last night?
_________________________________________ (see) anything good on TV last night?
How ___________________________________________ (be) your journey here today?

Possibly realistic and possibly unrealistic questions
_______________________________________________________________ (see) the 
game/ match between… and … at the weekend/ last night/ yesterday/ on Saturday?
___________________________ (go) to the meeting about… yesterday/ on Monday?
___________________________________________________ (come) to the last class?
Where _________________________________________________ (come) from today?

Probably unrealistic/ imaginary situations
______________________________________________ (have) any trouble finding us?
___________________________________________ (have) any problems getting here?
______________________________________________________ (have) a good flight?
Who ___________________________________________________________(fly) with?
When ___________________________________________________ (arrive) in Tokyo?
When _________________________________________________ (get back) from…?

Do the same with the less realistic questions above, this time with your partner using their 
imagination when they answer. 

Work together to fill the gaps above with the correct tenses and “you”. 

Check your answers as a class, then ask any each other questions that you got wrong or 
didn’t ask before. 

Do the same, but imagining that it is the beginning of a meeting, starting from “Hello” and 
continuing until you get down to business.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015

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