The song Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega gives a great opportunity for both teenagers and adults to practice all Past Tense Forms. At first, students may be asked to listen to the original song and answer some general questions like:
- What’s happening at Tom’s diner?
- Who are the visitors?
- What is the girl like? etc.
Then the task is to rewrite the song into the past as if the actions were happening some time ago. In order to check the correctness you can use the karaoke version and sing your remake together. After all students may also be willing to perform the things happening at Tom’s diner.