Teaching Practice 7
To clarify and practice the use of Present Continuous for things happening at this moment, now and for future arrangements in the context of everyday routines.
To provide the students with the practice of speaking for accuracy in the context of everyday activities.
Procedure (37-49 minutes)
Students should know the present simple when I get on to the present continuous, so I start by asking about their daily routine. Once they're comfortable with this, I interrupt a stronger student who's just said, for example, "I brush my teeth..." and ask him/her "Are you brushing your teeth now?". I emphasize the "now", and then accept just a "No" as an answer. I Keep this going around the class and they'll soon begin to get the idea about the difference. When I feel they're ready, I start
I keep walking around the classroom and ask a student to join me.I say: Hulya is walking I am walking. We are walking. Show students that the present continuous is formed with the present of the verb to be + the present participle of the main verb (verb in –ing form). I Pick up a book and say: I am reading a book; I’m not reading a newspaper. I give more examples and so on with all persons, singular and plural.
I continue with CCQs: Zeynep is listening to her teacher right now. Is she listening to her teacher now? (Yes). Is rthe teaching teaching english right now (Yes) etc. At this stage, I will mention that Present Continuous has also a future meaning besides its use for talking about things happening at this moment. They recieve a handout with an exercise to complete the verbs in the present c. form so as to understand its future meaning
I elicit the future use by miming a telephone conversation. Try to elicit the complete dialogue from my learners: Hello./ Hello/What are you doing?/ I'm working / eating / shopping/ What are you doing tonight at seven o'clock?/ I don't know /I'm going out with my friends / I'm eating my dinner. To concept check this I draw a time line on the board and show the 'doing' now (in the present) and the 'doing' later (at seven o'clock tonight). Choral and individual drilling of this simple dialogue with the Ss and write the form clearly on the board.
The Ss recieve handouts to practice the new grammatical phenomena, I model one/two examples, demo and ICQs. These pair work activities. Among others, there's also an exercise where they should identify the mistakes in the sentences. Then, they check the answers with other groups. I display the correct answers on the WB.
Depending on the time, we we will continue with further practice worksheets or conversation in the classroom. At this stage we will revise the present continuous with questions/answers, CCQs. A small dialogue will be followed