Gulcin Gulcin

Present Simple Tense Vs Present Continuous Tense
A2 level


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Present Simple Vs Present Continuous Tense in the context of Ally's daily routine Vs what she's doing today

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy and fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of daily routines


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

The teacher writes "every day" on the board and asks "What are the activities that you do every day?" and elicits answers. She writes their answers on the board and asks students to put the activities in order in pairs. Then she does a whole class feedback.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The teacher shows the picture of a girl and says "This is Ally." She continues: "She works in an office. She drives to work every morning. She has lunch at a cafe in the afternoon. She drinks coffee. She goes for a walk in the evening." as she shows the other pictures and put them on the board. Then she says "But today she's ill. So, she's laying in bed. She's having soup for lunch. She's drinking herbal tea. And she's watching TV at home." as she hangs the other pictures on the board.

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher goes over the pictures again allowing the students to remember and say the sentences if they can.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Then the teacher asks concept checking questions such as "Where does she work? (in an office) Does she work everyday? (Yes) When does she drive to work? (every morning) When does she have lunch at a restaurant? (every afternoon)". She writes one of the sentences on the board and then draws a timeline under it. By eliciting, she shows Simple Present Tense on the timeline. She elicits and highlights the sentence structure and time expressions. Then she moves on to the sentences with Present Continuous Tense and asks "Is she at work today? (No), Why isn't she working? (Because she's ill)". T writes one of the sentences related to pictures on the board and draws the timeline. She elicits and puts Present Continuous Tense on the timeline. She elicits and highlights the sentence structure. She shows which words to stress in both sentences on the board and drills the sentences together and individually. ■ ■ ■ ■ She works in an office. She's laying in bed.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The teacher hands out Appendix 1 and asks students to choose the correct tense and complete the sentences. She does whole class feedback.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The teacher puts the students in pairs and hands out Appendix 2. Each student tells his/her partner about the characters' every day activities and activities they are doing today. The teacher monitors them and after the students are finished, they do whole class feedback.

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