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Week 8: The Past Simple, 165 Essential English adjectives

In Week 8, the focus is on the Past Simple, with two grammar lessons, a speaking lesson, and a vocabulary lesson.

English grammar: the Past Simple tense

English words to talk about time and the past

English speaking tips: how to talk about your past

Learn 165 Essential English adjectives

Exercise activities

There are three multiple choice exercises in total, with one in the adjectives page, and one each on the two grammar pages.

Lesson objectives

– understand the grammar of the Past Simple tense in affirmative, interrogative and negative forms
– understand and practise prepositions of time and other time reference words used with the Past Simple
– learn to speak about the past and personal histories with sequencing words
– learn and practise a range of useful adjectives in English

Related pages

For more grammar help, see Past Tenses in English grammar and Time expressions in English.

For more speaking help, see Telling a story in English.

In previous weeks of the English course

In Week 1 the grammar lessons cover the verb "to be", and subject / object pronouns and possessives. The vocabulary lesson covers words and phrases to talk about your family. The speaking lesson gives practice in saying hello and introducing yourself.

In Week 2, the grammar lesson is the Present Simple tense. (Question forms are practised further in Week 3.) Week 2 also covers telephone phrases, vocabulary to talk about your job, and giving personal information, such as date of birth and address.

Week 3 also has a grammar lesson on English nouns (singular, plural, countable and uncountable), a vocabulary lesson on talking about your free time, and speaking practice in making a hotel booking in English.

In Week 4, there's a grammar lesson on indefinite and definite articles, a vocabulary lesson on transport vocabulary (with a speaking lesson on buying tickets) and a lesson on being polite in English.

In Week 5 there are three grammar lessons and one vocabulary lesson. The grammar lessons are using there is / there are and some / any; how to say where things are (prepositions of location) and how to use "can". The vocabulary lesson is on rooms and furniture.

In Week 6 there's focus on shopping, with a grammar lesson on using demonstratives and determiners. There's a speaking lesson for shopping conversations and a vocabulary lesson on clothes and shoes. There's also a writing lesson for short messages and emails.

In Week 7, the lessons are on tourism and places of interest. There's a grammar lesson on comparatives, a speaking lesson for the Tourist Information office, and two vocabulary lessons on what you find in towns, and phrases for giving directions.

Next week

In Week 9, there are lessons on food and restaurants, and how to use "will".

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