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Unit 7: The Titanic
Past simple and past continuous

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    Session 1

    3 Activities

    A 20th Century disaster

    10 Nov 2014

    Big events in the news can stay in our memories forever. Even if we weren't directly involved, we remember where we were and what we were doing at that time. In this session, you'll learn about one of the most well-known disasters of the 20th Century, improve your vocabulary, and test your knowledge.

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    Session 2

    4 Activities

    Using the Past Continuous and Past Simple

    11 Nov 2014

    When telling a story or talking about a true event, we can use both the continuous and simple forms of the past tense. In this session, you will put events from the animated video in order, and then focus on when to use the two forms of the tense.

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    Session 3

    3 Activities

    Eyewitness accounts

    12 Nov 2014

    We have already heard the story of Eva Hart, a child travelling on Titanic with her family. In this session, we'll look at two more stories from survivors of the disaster: Karen Abelseth and Gus Cohen. You'll read a letter, listen to a dramatic story of escape, do some pronunciation practice, and take a quiz.

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    Session 4

    2 Activities

    What were you doing when...?

    13 Nov 2014

    "What were you doing when...?" is a question people often ask when sharing memories about important events such as natural disasters, the death of someone famous, or big sporting events. For older people in the USA, a classic example is "What were you doing when JFK was shot?"

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    Session 5

    4 Activities

    Drama and the Weekly Quiz

    14 Nov 2014

    Listen to the next episode of our drama, The Race. Phil and Passepartout were sleeping like babies when suddenly they heard a loud, crunching noise. What was it and where are they now? After that, test your knowledge of past simple and continuous in our Weekly Quiz.