Activity 7

Read the following activities and indicate whether you did the same or different things at the last New Year celebrations:

Yes No

(1) I visited my relatives. □ □

(2) I received gifts. □ □

(3) I mailed New Year cards to friends. □ □

(Benati, A. G., & Lee, J. F. (2008). Grammar Acquisition and Processing Instruction: Secondary and Cumulative Effects (p. 180). Bristol; Buffalo: Multilingual Matters.)

In this activity, students are asked to read ten sentences which describe the activities at the last New Year celebrations. Students should share their similar/different opinions accordingly. As there are no adverbial phrases (e.g. “yesterday”, “last night”) functioning as hints, students should pay attention to the past tense marker -ed.

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Activity 8

Read the newspaper article below. Circle the verbs in simple past tense.

City News―Two Men Arrested

Yesterday, the police arrested two bad men. The bad men tricked the king. The king walked in the city with no clothes on.

(Arnold, W. (2005). Magic: Book 3B (p. 23). Hong Kong: Oxford University Press (China) Ltd.)

In this activity, students should read the newspaper article and then circle the verbs in simple past tense.

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Activity 9

Today is 31 July. Jack is talking with his dad on the phone. Role- play Jack and his dad.



27 July

last Friday

・ watch a movie on the plane

・ sleep all day long

28 July

last Saturday

last weekend

・ go to Ocean Park

29 July

last Sunday

・ have a party

・ do magic tricks

30 July


・ go hiking

・ play computer games

31 July


・ build sandcastles

(Anderson, A., & Gray, J. (2010). English to Enjoy: Book 3B (p. 59). Hong Kong: Educational Publishing House Ltd.)

In this activity, students work in pairs to role-play Jack and his dad.

Based on the above schedule, students transfer information with each other as follows:

-Jack, What did you do today?

-I built sandcastles.

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Activity 10

Work in a group. Tell one another about the happiest moment of your life.

1. What was the happiest moment of your life?

2. Can you give more details about it?

3. Why was it the happiest moment?

(Smith, A., & Judy Ling, J. (2005). My Pals are Here, English for Hong Kong: Book 6A (p. 5). Hong Kong: Educational Publishing House Ltd & Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore) Pte Ltd)

In this activity, students in groups exchange personal information by giving answers to the questions.

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