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Past Simple of To Be – A1 Beginners English Lesson Plan

English Lesson Plan for Beginners (A1) – Past Simple of To Be – Jobs

Lesson Goals: At the end of the lesson, the students should be able to identify, and use the past simple form of the verb “To Be”. They should know the meaning of basic professions suitable for their level, and be familiar with their definitions/ explanations as well.
Target Grammar: Past simple of “To Be”
Target Vocabulary: Jobs


1. Match the profession with the picture.

professions in English teacher

professions in English teacher


professions in English waiter


professions in English driver


2. Listen and fill in the blanks.

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Hi! My name is Tony. When I was young I was a waiter. My ___________ was a doctor, and his __________ Ana was a teacher. They were both very __________ at their jobs. My brother’s wife loved to ____________ at school. The children were very ___________ and loved their teacher.

3. Answer the questions.

  1. What was Tony when he was young? 
  2. Was Tony’s brother a teacher?
  3. Were the children happy?
  4. Was Tony’s brother a good doctor?     


Review the Present Simple Tense of “To Be”. 

Look at how it changes in Past Simple Tense.


am I was
You are You were
He/ She is He/ She was
We areWe were
You areYou were
They areThey were


1. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb „to be“.

  1. Ana _______ a teacher.
  2. Tony _______ a waiter and he loved his job.
  3. The children at school ______ very happy.

2. Correct the mistakes in the sentences.

Example: I worked in a bank, so I was a pilot. (banker)

  1. My sister was a driver, so she painted pictures. ( ___________ )
  2. Tony’s brother were a doctor, and he loved his job. ( ___________ )
  3. Tony was a waiter, so he worked in a bank. ( ___________ )

3. Underline the correct word in brackets.

  1. My mother teaches English, so she is a (teacher/doctor).
  2. My best friend drives a bus, so he is a (teacher/ driver).
  3. Tony brings food to people in a restaurant, so he is a (policeman/ waiter).


1. Go around the class and ask five people about their grandfather’s/ grandmother’s jobs.

Example: “What was your grandfather? He was a doctor.”

2. Report to the class.


By M.Z.

Background in Applied Linguistics and Social Studies. Likes the creative process in using an L2. Chomsky addict. Obsessive-compulsive about cats.