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  • elliot
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    2 January, 2009 at 11:02
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    Hi can any one help me, I’m stuck on this one.

    I have to analyse the following sentence for my celta assigment can anyone give some pointers.

    I (was going to) phone you yesterday, but I forgot.

    The target language is in brackets, and the analysis needs to include.
    1) general context
    2) meaning
    3) form
    4)phonetic transcription
    5) concept checking questions
    6)typical student mistakes
    7) teaching level

    thanks
    elliot

    phil
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    10 March, 2009 at 12:24
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    This is a form that we use to talk about "future in the past". We use it when we want to say that, in the past, we thought something would happen in the future. With the form in your example (was/were + going to + verb) we are expressing a plan.

    Concept questions could be:

    1. Did I plan to phone you yesterday? Yes
    2. Did I phone you yesterday? No

    I can’t write phonetic transcriptions here, but you’ll need a schwa in "was" and "to"…

    Phil

    jai123
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    28 December, 2010 at 22:02
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    Hi can any one help me, I’m stuck on this one.

    I have to analyse the following sentence for my celta assigment can anyone give some pointers.

    I (was going to) phone you yesterday, but I forgot.

    The target language is in brackets, and the analysis needs to include.
    1) general context
    2) meaning
    3) form
    4)phonetic transcription
    5) concept checking questions
    6)typical student mistakes
    7) teaching level

    This is probably a late response, but I think worth discussing. I’m not sure of the meaning of general context here, but if anyone knows please do share. The meaning would need to be explained without using the target language-Maybe through using a picture showing how you would explain it to students i.e through miming a phone call. Form would be the past continuous for the first part of the sentence, but not sure if the second part is past simple or a past participle.Typical students mistakes could be confusing the past continuous with the present continuous due to the verb ending with -ing. Maybe a timeline could help here. Forgot is also an irregular verb and some students may wander why forget or forgotten wasn’t used in this sentence. Teaching level would be intermediate, as the students would need to be familiar with the past tenses and present tenses before mastering this.
    This is my humble opinion and I hope to get some feedback.I’m doing a Celta course in two weeks so I may be able to give you a better response (if I get the time!!)

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