Controlled practice is when the students use a limited set of new language.

Example: After a presentation of the present simple, students might have controlled practice of the new structure using the model sentences, with days of the week as cues.

  • Teacher: Monday.
  • Student: He goes to the movies on Monday.
  • Teacher: Wednesday.
  • Student: He visits his friends on Wednesday.

In this case, the controlled practice is the Practice stage of the PPP technique.

See also: free practice