Neighbours, Present Continuous.
Elementary A1 level
To teach students Present Continuous through the listening.
Listening for the specific details and to increase students fluency on using present continuous tense.
Procedure (27-43 minutes)
Set the context. Yesterday I could sleep. I had a little problem. I think it is the same as in this video. Watch the video and think what's the problem? CCQ: Who are these people? Are they living far away from each other or close? What's the word to describe who are they to each other? (neighbours) Drill / ˈneɪbəz/. My neighbours. Write on the board the word neighbours. What's the problem they are making? Why couldn't I sleep? Were they quite? What did they make that I didn't like and couldn't sleep? (noise) Drill. /nɔɪz/ A noise. Write on the board the word noise. What kind of neighbours are they? Are they quite? (No) How can I describe them with the word noise? The are... (noisy) Drill. Noisy. /ˈnɔɪzi/ Noisy neighbours. My noisy neighbours. What do they make? (they make a nose) Drill my noisy neighbours make a noise. (finger drill) Show the picture on the Pp ( a house). Here is the place where my friend lives. She lives in the middle. She also has neighbours. Where? Elicit the words upstairs, downstairs, next door. Drill the words.
You will work in two colour groups. Match the sentences to the pictures. There is one extra sentence you don't need. You will have 2 minutes. CCQ; Are you writing or matching? (matching) Are you working slowly or quickly?(quickly) How many minutes do you have?(2) Check your partners' answers.(Check if the students understood all words). DO we agree? Now, you are going to interview at least 2 people about their neighbours? You will have 3 minutes. For the feedback ask several students what did they find interesting the noisy neighbours do?
Demo the listening activity first. Look at the picture number 4 (Pp) . What is he doing? Is he sleeping? (He is watching the Tv/ football) Look at the picture number 2. What are they doing? Are they laughing? Are they happy? What is happening? ( they are arguing) First, look at the pictures. Please don't open the second part /don't unfold the paper. Listen and try to guess what number of the flat they are talking about. Then, you will listen one more time. Now unfold your paper. Listen and match the sentence with flats. Check with a partner. Answer key (Pp).
Focus on the picture and sound (Baby is crying) (Pp) Elicit from the students. What's happening? Is it Past, Present or Future? Is it happening now? Drill.(fingers) Baby is crying. Baby's crying. Show the intonation goes up and down. Write on the board. What tense is that? (present continuous) how do you know? how do you form present continuous? what's grammar rule do you use? Subject +to be +verb+ing Draw a time line. Ask students to write on the board the negative form of the sentence. And the question form. The same with 1 more examples (Pp) Drill first the full form and short form of the sentence. Write it on the board.Ask students to write the negative form and the question on the board. They are playing the violin. CCQ: Are they doing it now? (yes)
Demo first. I take the card. Read the action. Students need to use Present Continuous tense question. For example. (I am eating) Are you drinking? (no) Are you eating? (yes) Then it is different students turn. He/ she takes the card. ( drive a car) He/She mimes )We ask: Are you drawing? (No) Are you driving? (yes) If there is time I'll do the error correction while monitoring the class.