Composing sentences using time
• Divide the class into teams of four/five Ss. Ask
one student from each group to be the ‘scribe'
for the group.
• Explain the task, drawing Ss' attention to the
time expressions. If necessary, check their
meanings using Ss' L1.
• Set a time limit of 8 minutes for Ss to write
their sentences. Check which team has the
most correct answers. The winning team reads
out their sentences to the class.
Suggested Answer Key
I have not spoken yet with my teacher about
the exam as she was sick today.
You still have time to talk to her before we
They have already notified all the applicants
of their acceptance.
They had been waiting for two hours before
She started teaching at the school five years ago.
I am going to a friend’s house after school today.
Now is not a good time to talk.
She is talking on the phone at the moment,
can I take a message?
The children had been playing in the garden
for a long time, so they were very tired.
They have known each other since primary school.