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What are you doing? Present continuous
Elementary level


In this lesson,ss are learning more about present continuous;mainly how to make "wh"questions in the context of a telephone conversation.Practicing the short conversations will help them master the structure and use it appropriately.


Abc pictures
Abc Dialog strips
Abc A ball

Main Aims

  • To provide students with fluency practice in the context of a telephone conversation

Subsidiary Aims

  • To incorporate previously taught language


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students and boost the atmosphere

Guessing game : What are the people in the picture doing? T: You can not see the picture .Just guess what they are doing. There might be some gradual disclosure of the picture if needed.

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students and boost the atmosphere

Show the first picture, ask questions and elicit info. T: What's she doing? Ss answer. T: Where's she going? If they don't know some words or expressions, pre-teach them. eg: waiting for the bus,sports centre,watching TV Give them the second picture.Let them ask and answer in pairs. Ss asking and answering each other. What is he doing? Is he listening to the radio?

Clarification (2-4 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Work on sentence stress . Ss listen and repeat through back chaining drilling.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Practice the dialog using vanishing dialog technique.I write the dialog on strips of paper and stick them on the board. Ss divided into two groups repeat their share of the dialog . Then gradually the dialog vanishes sentence by sentence.This way ss memorize the dialog.

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

For the second dialog I give them time to complete the missing part of it. Then they have to mingle and check their answers.If needed a whole class feedback is given.Class in 2 groups practice the dialog. T: Make a circle . Let's play a game.I say a sentence 1 throw the ball to a s you catch the ball and say sentence 2; throw the ball to another s.

Free Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Play a sentence game by dividing the class into two groups Ss from group 1 asking and the ss from group 2 answering T: What S1: What are you doing? T: Play tennis S2: I'm playing tennis T: Is Kate S3: Is Kate reading a book? etc.... Each correct sentence will add a point and each wrong answer will withdraw a point from the groups

Wrap up (2-4 minutes) • Practice for consolidation and having fun

If time allows the rhyme in the book will be chanted using mimicry and board pictures.

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